Former head of Anchorage substance abuse education group pleads guilty to theft


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The former head of an Anchorage substance abuse and education advocacy group pleaded guilty to stealing more than $34,000 from the organization.

Alaska Dispatch News ( reports Anna Sappah pleaded guilty Monday to one count of misappropriation of property. The 54-year-old woman originally faced felony theft and fraud charges.

Sappah was sentenced to 10 years of suspended jail time.

According to testimony, Sappah already has submitted a good faith restitution payment of $15,000. She can apply for an early termination of the sentence if she pays full restitution within two years.

Authorities say Sappah was chief operating officer of the Alaska Addiction Professionals Association from 2009 through 2013, and used an association debit card to take money beginning in 2010.

Sappah says she wants to continue working in the addiction recovery at some point.

Information from: Alaska Dispatch News,

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