Former Montana Official Pleads Guilty to Stealing $18,000

Tiffany David pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft

By Dillon Tabish

HELENA — The former head of the Montana Job Service Operations Bureau has pleaded guilty to felony charges of billing the state for nearly $18,000 in bogus expenses.

The Great Falls Tribune reports Tiffany David pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony theft.

Prosecutors say David was reimbursed by the state for purchases she didn’t make or which she later returned, pocketing the refunds. She was also accused of billing the state for traveling to a conference she didn’t attend.

Prosecutors are recommending a three-year deferred sentence if she repays the $18,000 or five years in prison if other violations are uncovered or if she can’t pay restitution.

The judge told her he wasn’t bound by the agreement and that she could face a 10-year prison term.

Sentencing is set for March 9.

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