Former director admits stealing from Missouri shelter

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LEBANON, Mo. (AP) _ The former director of a domestic violence shelter in south-central Missouri has admitted stealing about $30,000 from the shelter.

The office of the U.S. Attorney for Western Missouri says in a release that 64-year-old Mary Young pleaded guilty to credit card fraud in connection with the embezzlement scheme at the Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) shelter in Lebanon.

The prosecutor’s office says Young was the executive director of COPE from August 2008 through June 2014. The fraud wasn’t discovered until after she resigned.

As part of the guilty plea, Young admitted that she used shelter credit cards to make unauthorized personal purchases for things like gas, meals and clothes.

The release says Young’s fraudulent purchases totaled more than $30,800. She entered the plea last week.