PRESCOTT – Connie Beard, former administrative assistant at the Prescott Police Department and City Hall, plead guilty Monday to charges of theft over $25,000 and tampering with public records.

Beard’s case was scheduled to go to trial Monday and possibly last all week. However, she had her attorney enter a plea of guilty to both charges and agreed to pay the money back.

Initially the amount thought to be missing was $38,000, but further investigation showed the amount to be $32,000. This is to be paid back by the time she comes back for sentencing in 30 days.

The state will make its recommendation for punishment at that time. Beard could get up to 20 years on the theft charge and 3-10 on the record tampering charges.

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