A 40 year old local woman avoided jail time, but must perform two hundred hours of Community Work Service for her singular role in embezzling more than
twelve thousand dollars from the Greater Fairbanks Community Hospital Foundation, the non-profit organization that owns Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.
In mid-April, Shelly Lee Comried pleaded guilty to a single count of Felony Theft in the Second Degree.
Authorities say Comried linked her personal bank account to a Pay Pal Internet-based payment account that the foundation uses to receive charitable donations.
Comried worked as an Administrative Assistant before the crimes came to light.
Foundation officials say they became aware of the missing money in December, 2012 when Comried's supervisor noticed deposits were missing from regular donors.
After an internal investigation, Comried admitted to taking the money.
The sentence, handed down April 10 by Superior Court Judge Bethany Harbison, was roundly criticized.
Chief among them, Foundation official Jeff Cook, who called the sentence a "slap on the wrist."