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Woman sentenced for embezzling from addiction treatment cent

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SAGINAW (WJRT) - (04/03/18) - A woman who is now seeking treatment for a gambling addiction has been sentenced after admitting to stealing from her employer.

Investigators said Nichol Evans, who worked for DOT Caring Centers based in Saginaw Township, stole more than $328,000.

Saginaw County Circuit Court Judge Janet Boes sentenced Evans to five years probation, with a year on an electronic tether.

Boes made it clear she wants Evans to pay back every penny she took from DOT, which treats people dealing with addiction.

"A lot of people could have been helped with that money, it's not money we stick in our pockets and go, 'have a great day'. We could have helped a lot of people," said Chris Williams with DOT Caring Centers.

Williams gave a victim impact statement before Judge Boes sentenced Evans.

Investigators said Evans was an internal accountant at DOT who forged company checks and cashed them at various locations from early 2015 until June 2017.

During that time she also won two Michigan Lottery prizes totaling $80,000. She told the Michigan Lottery she won one of the prizes while on her break at DOT.

In January she pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement, in return other charges were dropped.

At her sentencing, Evans' attorney said she is going to Gamblers Anonymous and is working with a counselor.

Evans also apologized to her former co-workers and her family. "The only thing I can do is try to go through recovery and beat this addiction. And that I'm very sorry, and I know they won't accept that and I understand that."

Evans has to report Wednesday morning to get her electronic tether.

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