North Dakota Woman’s Sentence for Theft from Insurance Agency Deferred

June 7, 2012

A woman who was accused of stealing almost $17,000 from the Devils Lake, N.D., insurance agency where she worked has been given a one-year deferred sentence.

Melodi Newgren will have the offense wiped from her record if she doesn’t get into trouble for the next year.

Northeast District Judge Lee Christofferson sentenced the 55-year-old Newgren on June 5. She also must pay $2,000 in restitution and $300 in fees.

Newgren pleaded guilty last February to a misdemeanor charge of misapplication of entrusted property. She had been facing a possible penalty of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Court records say Newgren kept premium payments that customers made on insurance policies and didn’t forward them to the company.

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  • June 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm
    Crime DOES pay! says:
    Sure does in this case. How about making her repay $19,300 and splash her name all over the place? Might make her think a little more.
  • June 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    sandman says:
    I am with you. $2,000 in restitution for taking $16000. What a deal!
  • June 7, 2012 at 2:07 pm
    old timer says:
    is this fuzzy math? take $17000 pay $2000 and get out of jail free. What happpened the full restitution to who every paid the premiums.
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