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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 12:30 pm | Updated: 1:40 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — The former director of the Grand Island Community Foundation has been given 120 days in jail and five years of probation for stealing from the organization.

Before her sentencing on Wednesday, Lisa Katzberg, 46, said she was “deeply ashamed.” She’d pleaded guilty in March after prosecutors lowered the charge.

Katzberg also was ordered to serve 500 hours of community service and pay nearly $7,300 more in restitution. She’s already paid more than $34,200.

Judge Teresa Luther said to Katzberg: “You will forever wear the scarlet letter of being a felon, and that’s probably your greatest punishment.”

Investigators said Katzberg embezzled more than $41,500 between June 1, 2009, and June 15, 2012.

Deputy Hall County Attorney Sarah Carstensen said Wednesday that people trusted the foundation and said the “loss of faith in the organization is immeasurable,” owing to Katzberg’s actions.

The foundation is an umbrella organization that handles funds from a variety of donors.

Carstensen said Katzberg spent the stolen money on frivolous things for her family, describing the crime as “out-and-out greed.”

Katzberg’s lawyer, Kent Rauert, asked the judge to give his client probation, noting that Katzberg didn’t have a criminal record.

Judge Luther said she thought Katzberg can be rehabilitated with proper supervision and guidance.

The judge said that as part of Katzberg’s probation, she must take a moral recognition class and attend programs on money management and victim impact.

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