Former Garden City employee sentenced for theft

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) – A former employee in a southwest Kansas prosecutor’s office has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for theft.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 35-year-old Pedro A. Castro, of Garden City, must also pay nearly $52,000 in restitution under the sentence he received Monday in federal court.

Castro was indicted last November and pleaded guilty in March to theft of public funds.

The crimes took place in 2010 and 2011 when Castro worked as a diversion coordinator for the Garden City prosecutor’s office. The office received more than $10,000 from the federal government during those two years as diversion funds.

Castro admitted in his plea that he stole more than $5,000 of the money. The total amount he stole wasn’t clear from federal court records available online.

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