Holcomb court clerk sentenced on theft charges

HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) -- A western Kansas woman has been sentenced to a year of probation for stealing about $4,500 from the city of Holcomb while she worked as a court clerk.

Thirty-seven-year-old Susan Marie Dreiling of Deerfield will have to serve two years in prison if she violates terms of her probation, which includes paying back the money within 60 days.

Dreiling was sentenced Thursday for two misdemeanor counts of theft after reaching a plea deal with Finney County prosecutors. She was arrested in September on a charge of felony theft.

Finney County Prosecutor Brent Watson says Dreiling took money people had paid to the court for such things as city ordinance offenses.

The Garden City Telegram reports (http://bit.ly/UzlIoL ) Dreiling was accused of stealing $4,500 from December 2011 to July 31.