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Former SC church bookkeeper sentenced in theft

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ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - A woman who worked as a bookkeeper at a church in Clover has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing more than $600,000.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported (http://bit.ly/1q3Onbe) that 67-year-old Sandra Stroupe was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Friday.

Prosecutors say she took the money from the Clover Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church while working as a bookkeeper. They say she used the money to pay for living expenses, buy gifts and luxuries and pay off credit card debt.

Stroupe also must pay $610,000 in restitution.

She pleaded guilty in March to mail fraud.

Stroupe was the church's bookkeeper for 38 years. Court documents say the thefts occurred between 2006 and 2013.

Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com

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