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Woman sentenced to 8 years in prison for embezzling money from historic Brownwood cemetery

Tisha Pruett, 44, was indicted last year for aggregated theft. She's accused of unlawfully obtaining more than $20,000 but less than $100,000 from the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood.

BROWN COUNTY, Texas - A state district judge sentenced a woman to eight years in prison for embezzling thousands of dollars from a 150-year-old Brownwood cemetery.

Tisha Pruett, 45, was sentenced by Judge Stephen Ellis for stealing more than $23,000 while employed as an office manager at Greenleaf Cemetery.

She was also ordered to pay restitution.

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A woman pleaded guilty on Thursday in Brown County district court to stealing more than $23,000 from a historic Brownwood cemetery that nearly drove it into bankruptcy.

Tisha Pruett, 45, is on trial in the 35th Judicial District Court for aggregated theft. She entered the court with an open plea of guilt to committing her crimes.

Pruett stole money from the Greenleaf Cemetery during her tenure as an office manager there in 2014, according to court documents.

A former board president discovered the thefts in December of 2015 after learning a debit card tied to the cemetery's funds was issued under Pruett's name, according to Brownwood Police Detective Robert Lee.

She's currently going through the sentencing phase of her trial.

Back in October of 2015 she pleaded guilty to taking money from the Early Girls Softball Association, according to court records.

She was placed on 10 years probation and ordered to pay restitution.

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