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Winnsboro woman pleads in theft from non-profit

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Winnsboro woman has pleaded guilty to lying on loan applications to hide the theft of $640,000 from a non-profit.

51-year-old Donna Jean Remides was scheduled to go to trial today, but pleaded as witnesses were being called to testify.

Remides pleaded guilty to the charge of making a false statement to a bank instead of continuing with the trial. Remides was employed as a project coordinator by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resource Conservation Service to work for the non-profit Northeast Delta Resource Conservation and Development Council in Winnsboro.

From January 2001 to December 2010, Remides used the NDRC&DC accounts to pay herself $640,000 without authorization from the NDRC&DC. She wrote herself and her private business checks over the nearly 10-year period. She also obtained loans in the name of the council to cover the thefts. Loan documents were filled out stating that the council members had authorized loans at meetings when in fact they had not.

Remides faces 30 years in prison, a $1 million fine, and five years of supervised release for one count of making a false statement to a bank. Sentencing is set for October 7, 2013.

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