Stinson pleads guilty in Christian School theft

Joni Stinson, 41, of Ottumwa, has pleaded guilty to one count of First Degree Theft. (Wapello County Jail)

An Ottumwa woman has pleaded guilty to stealing thousands of dollars from a private Christian school in the Heartland.

On Monday, Joni Stinson, 41, agreed to plead guilty to one count of First-Degree Theft.

She was facing three other felony counts, including forgery and money laundering.

Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger told KTVO on Tuesday that Stinson will receive 10-year suspended sentence.

She will repay $50,000 of the stolen money immediately, the remainder of the restitution will be on a payment plan.

According to court documents, Stinson stole over $160,000 from the Ottumwa Christian School beginning in 2010.

During that time, Stinson allegedly wrote and cashed 230 checks from Ottumwa Christian School Board accounts.

She was employed by the school during that time.

Stinson's formal sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 25, 2018.

She remains free on $32,000 bond.

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