Western Nebraska woman sentenced to probation for stealing from youth soccer team

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ALLIANCE, Nebraska — A western Nebraska woman has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to repay the nearly $12,000 she stole from a youth soccer club.

A Box Butte County judge sentenced 30-year-old Erin Merrill on Monday. She was found guilty of two counts of attempted theft in October after pleading no contest to the charges.

Prosecutors say Merrill used the Alliance Youth Soccer Club's debit card to withdraw $8,180 cash in 39 transactions between September 2012 and August 2013. They say she also used the team card to make nearly $3,500 in purchases.

She tells authorities she took the money to pay medical bills.

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