An Iowa Falls woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for taking taxpayer money during her time as director of the Hardin County Solid Waste Commission.
Fourty-six-year-old Mary Ellen Taylor was arrested on first-degree theft charges last March after a state audit found over $100,000 had been misappropriated. Taylor was accused of using the money to pay off personal credit cards, while giving three-thousand dollars to husband’s business.
The audit covered a period between January 2002 and December 2007, when Taylor was fired from her job. In addition to the prison term, Taylor is ordered to pay a one-thousand dollar fine and pay more than $35,000 in restitution.