PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A Pierre woman has pleaded guilty to a charge of Grand Theft. 47-year-old Bonnie Gallagher made an appearance in a Pierre courtroom this afternoon to answer to the theft count. An indictment filed in her case charges that she committed Grand Theft between 2007 and last year. Gallagher told Judge John Brown that she had been in control of Girl Scout cookie money and in collecting the money; she took some for her own personal use. Officials estimated that $38,000 in cookie money was stolen. Gallagher told Judge Brown that she believed that amount was correct. She said she deposited cash funds into her Girl Scout account and put it to her own use. Gallagher’s attorney told Brown that he plans to ask the court to give his client a suspended imposition of sentence when her punishment is pronounced. Grand Theft is a Class 4 Felony for which Gallagher faces a maximum penalty of ten years, a $20,000 fine or both. Judge Brown told Gallagher she would also be responsible for restitution. He ordered a pre-sentence report be prepared and set sentencing for Gallagher for March 5 at 2:00 p.m. Gallagher remains out on bond.
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