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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Janisch gets 60 days for theft from Humane Society of Polk County

  • Former manager/treasurer will have to pay back $33,830.
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  •     Tracy Janisch, the former manager and treasurer of the Humane Society of Polk County, was sentenced in Polk County Court on Monday. Janisch previously pleaded guilty to felony theft after embezzling $33,830.88 from the organization.
        As spelled out in a plea agreement drafted by the state's attorney Andrew Johnson and agreed to by the defendant and her attorney Kevin Duffy, Janisch received a stayed sentence. She will serve a 90 day jail sentence at Northwest Regional Correction Center, with the opportunity to serve 30 days on electronic home monitoring before or after completing 60 days of incarceration. She is required to report to the Corrections Center by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 25 to begin serving her time. Janisch will be allowed work release privileges, should she so choose.
        Judge Jeffery Remick also ordered Janisch to pay restitution in the amount of the damages to the Humane Society. She must also write a letter of apology to the agency's board. All items confiscated in the investigation and belonging to the Humane Society of Polk County will be returned via the County Attorney's Office and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
        Following her incarceration, Janisch will face up to ten years of court-supervised probation. During this time, she is prohibited from contacting anyone directly associated with the Humane Society of Polk County and must remain at least 50 feet away from the building at all times. She will not be allowed to vote, hold public office, or possess a firearm until her civil rights are restored.

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