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Woman gets 5 years for theft from blood center

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Neenah woman convicted of embezzling about $500,000 from the Community Blood Center in Grand Chute has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Tina M. Jacobsen was also ordered Monday to pay restitution of about $3,500 per month for 13 years.

The 50-year-old was convicted of three counts of felony theft from the blood center, which supplies blood to 18 hospitals in Wisconsin and Michigan.

Judge Mark McGinnis told Jacobsen she was “ripping off the community.”

Before sentencing, Jacobsen said she used the money to feed a gambling addiction. She said she has a kind heart but had a disease that took her over.

A Post-Crescent of Appleton report says the judge criticized her for making no attempt to repay the money or save money toward restitution.

Information from: The Post-Crescent, http://www.postcrescent.com

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