Former Garden City employee sentenced for theft

6/11/2013

By The Telegram

By The Telegram

A former city of Garden City employee has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for theft of public funds and was ordered to pay $51,680 in restitution, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Monday in a press release.

Pedro A. Castro, 35, Garden City, pleaded guilty to one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred in 2010 and 2011 while he was working as diversion coordinator for the Garden City prosecutor's office.

The prosecutor's office received federal benefits totaling more than $10,000 in 2010 and 2011. During this time, Castro stole more than $5,000 of the money, which was paid to the prosecutor's office as diversion funds, the release said.

Garden City Police Department, the FBI and Assistant U.S. Attorney Lanny Welch assisted with the case.

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