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Scottsbluff man sentenced after conviction for stealing from fundraiser

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Published: Feb. 25, 2021 at 7:25 PM CST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Scottsbluff man to prison after he was convicted of stealing money from an online campaign that claimed it would help the children of a woman killed in a crash.

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports the judge sentenced 37-year-old Febronio Plasencio Jr., on Feb. 12 to a year in prison after he was convicted of theft by taking, a misdemeanor.

Plasencio was arrested after Gering police began investigating a GoFundMe fundraiser for the three young children of Holly Heath. She died Dec. 5, 2019, after being injured in a crash.

Someone contacted police because of concerns the money wasn’t going toward the children. An investigation showed Plasencio had been withdrawing money from the account and not giving it to the Heath family.

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