A tearful Barbara Gaines was led away to the Douglas County Jail on Friday afternoon where she has been sentenced to spend the next year for embezzling more than $50,000 from the state.
Douglas County District Judge Mike Malone denied a request by Gaines' attorney, Joe Johnson, for probation and sentenced her to one year each on two counts of official misconduct. The sentences are to run concurrently.
Malone said he sentenced Gaines to a jail term because she was in a position of trust at SRS and because of the amount of money taken.
The former Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services employee pleaded guilty in October to the charges of official misconduct which connect her with the diversion of $57,700 in SRS funds.
The charges alleged that between December 1989 and September 1990, Gaines submitted fraudulent requests for SRS funds. Gaines, who was employed at the Lawrence branch of the SRS, allegedly kept the agency checks for herself.
As part of a plea agreement the state dropped original charges alleged against Gaines including one felony count of making a false writing, two felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count of theft.
Included in the plea agreement was an order of restitution, which Gaines paid in October.