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Jasper School District bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzlement

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A former southwest Missouri bookkeper pleaded guilty to stealing more than $145,000 from the Jasper School District.

Karla Justice, 55, of Columbus, Kansas, served as head bookkeeper for the school district 2009-16.

Between 2014 and 2017, she authorized more than $80,000 in extra pay for herself. She also padded her retirement account and made payments unrelated to education.

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