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Ex-Lake Tahoe Humane Society boss guilty of embezzlement

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — The former executive director of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society has pleaded guilty to embezzling money from the nonprofit based in South Lake Tahoe.

El Dorado County prosecutors say 50-year-old Nichola “Nikki” Congero pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement as part of a plea deal that will see her serve six months in the county jail followed by four years’ probation.

Prosecutors say she also agreed to repay $59,664 she allegedly took from the group to spend on herself.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports among other things she bought airline tickets and furniture for her home.

She was arrested in July in Knoxville, Tennessee following an 18-month investigation. She’s been ordered to abstain from all forms of gambling and will be banned from working with any business that requires her to handle money.

Formal sentencing is set for Oct. 5.

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Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune, http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/