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Ex-Ballinger ISD business manager pleads guilty, must pay nearly $50,000 in restitution

Published On: Mar 12 2013 07:11:17 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 13 2013 12:21:32 PM CDT
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The ex-business manager for the Ballinger Independent School District was ordered to pay nearly $50,000 in restitution Tuesday after pleading guilty to stealing from a local nonprofit, scholarship-awarding education foundation.

In the Tom Green County Courthouse, Jackie Potter Gibbs also received sentences of 10 years deferred adjudication probation for third-degree felony theft and five years probation on a state-jail felony forgery charge.

Gibbs allegedly stole $47,000 while serving as treasurer of the Ballinger Education Foundation, which awards teacher grants and scholarships. The foundation works with but isn’t affiliated with Ballinger ISD.

Those associated with the foundation have said they have been unable to award scholarships over the past two years as a result of the theft. This year, however, they have said they will be able to do so.

Ben Woodward, district judge of the 119th District, heard the case. Woodward deals with cases out of Runnels County.

As part of her probation, Gibbs will have to undergo psychological counseling, complete a petty theft prevention program, stay away from drinking alcohol and take part in 160 hours of community service.