Posted at: 04/22/2013 3:15 PM
MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sentenced a northern Iowa woman to prison after she pleaded guilty to theft and blamed her crime on a shopping addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Judge Colleen Weiland sentenced 42-year-old Julie Fingalsen, of Plymouth, to up to 10 years in prison for first-degree theft. The judge suspended a $1,000 fine so Fingalsen could work to repay the stolen money.
The Globe Gazette reports Fingalsen embezzled nearly 50,000 from a Mason City optometrist.
She blamed shopping addiction and the obsessive compulsive disorder for her actions but says she's been undergoing psychiatric treatment and feels better.
She apologized to friends, family and victims of her crime.
She also must serve up to five years for violating her probation for an earlier theft conviction. Her sentences will run concurrently.
Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/
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