A Boise woman who stole more than $70,000 in taxpayer money while an administrative assistant for the federal Bureau of Land Management will spend a year in prison, a federal judge ruled Monday.
Katrina Telleria, 35, used a government credit card to buy gift cards that she then used for herself and for family members instead of giving them to fire employees as rewards as her supervisors intended.
She admitted to doing so at least 38 times in a plea agreement filed Feb. 21 in U.S. District Court. She also falsified documents to hide the theft and stole a camera worth more than $1,000.Police recovered gift cards and proceeds from the thefts, including car tires and clothes, at her home.
The thefts totaled $71,973, all of which Telleria is required to repay under a sentence imposed Monday by U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill.
BLM State Director Steve Ellis praised the investigation in a prepared statement released by the U.S. Attorney's Office.
"That any government employee would consider their own personal gain ahead of their solemn public trust is unfortunate," Ellis said. "This investigation and its outcome show that as public servants we will neither whitewash nor tolerate employee conduct that diverts public funds for personal gain.