Two women sentenced in case involving embezzlement at churches
(Willmar, MN)--Officials say that two sisters convicted in the embezzlement of $100,000 from a church in west central Minnesota have been sentenced. According to court records, Debra Kaye Hamborg, 61, of Sunburg, and her sister Annette Marie Dingmann, 60, of Benson, each pleaded guilty to four felony counts of theft. They were recently sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court. In addition to jail and restitution, both women were ordered to serve five years of probation. A presumptive 12-month sentence in prison was stayed for that five-year period, per Minnesota's sentencing guidelines. Neither will serve the prison time if they are compliant with probation. Both had entered their pleas earlier in September. Officials say that Hamborg deposited two cashier's checks after her plea hearing on Sept. 1, totaling $99,641.88 of the $102,882.11 of restitution owed to both the Sunburg Free Lutheran Church and Norway Lake Township. Hamborg had helped maintain financial accounts for both churches.