Tribune: Hospital Foundation Exec Sent to Jail for Stealing Funds

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The former executive director of a central Idaho hospital foundation will be spending her holidays behind bars for stealing more than $114,000 from the foundation over a three-year span. The woman is also the wife of Idaho County Commissioner James Rockwell.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that 50-year-old Laurie Rockwell, the former head of the Syringa General Hospital Foundation, was convicted on two felony charges of grand theft and computer crimes. Rockwell was sentenced to up to 14 years in an Idaho County Jail but had much of her sentence suspended. Ultimately, Rockwell is expected to serve about six months in jail.

After prosecutors alleged that Rockwell stole more than $200,000 between 2008-2011, Rockwell pleaded guilty to the charges in May. Prosecutors said Rockwell had transferred funds from the various foundation accounts into her personal bank account, reported the Tribune.

Rockwell was also ordered pay back the foundation, and according to the Tribune, Rockwell has already paid back $15,000 and will begin making monthly payments of $500.

But Joe Cladouhos, Syringa Hospital CEO, told the Tribune that at her current rate, Rockwell will take 35 years to pay off her debt.

At her sentencing on Thursday, Rockwell apologized to Cladouhos and said she wanted to continue with her recently begun mental health treatment.

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