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Woman admits to thefts from animal shelter

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A Michigan woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to stealing at least $42,000 from an Illinois animal shelter.

Susan G. Oldham of Allentown, Michigan, entered the plea Monday. The 59-year-old is formerly of rural Havana in Mason County. The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports her plea was part of a deal with prosecutors who plan to ask for a one-year prison term at her Oct. 21 sentencing. Three additional felonies would be dropped.

Authorities say Oldham stole the money from the nonprofit Mason County Pets Without Parents while she volunteered from 2006 until 2010. Court documents show she spent some of the money on gourmet cookies and Amtrak tickets.

Oldham's attorney had no comment on the plea. The newspaper reports she previously was convicted of embezzlement and money laundering.

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