PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A former Braddock Borough manager, accused of stealing more than $170,000, was sentenced Wednesday morning.

Ella Jones was put on probation and will have to pay $17,000 in restitution, while the borough’s insurance company will pay $150,000.

Jones was arrested last August and charged with theft and forgery for allegedly stealing the money from the borough.

KDKA’s Paul Martino reports Jones gambled most of the money away, admitting to a serious gambling problem for which she’s now seeking help.

Her attorney, Phillip DiLucente, believes probation is a just sentence.

“I think that the way it’s been publicized, but if they had all the facts as it was presented today, I think they would understand more about some of the things she had gone through and how the borough will not be damaged any further,” he said.

Jones could still face a civil lawsuit.


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