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Former EGF employee must pay back $32,447

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn.

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. -- A former employee of the city of East Grand Forks has been ordered to pay back $32,447 she took from the city.

Deborah Jo Parkos, 51, also must spend a year in jail and perform 400 hours of community service under a sentence handed down Monday in Polk County District Court.

She was given the option of spending the last four months of her sentence on electronic home monitoring.

Parkos earlier pleaded guilty to four counts of theft and one count of misconduct by a public employee.

Parkos, who worked as a secretary in the East Grand Forks clerk/treasurer office, told investigators she began stealing money from the city in April 2001, according to court documents.

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She started working for the city in October 1999 and resigned in March 2003.

An investigation began after Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Wayne Oberg suspected money was missing from the city's economic development and housing authority. He found discrepancies on receipts and deposit tickets and an audit revealed the city was missing $32,447.

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