Missouri judge gives treasurer 1 year to pay money back

Saturday, June 26, 2010 | 4:36 p.m. CDT; updated 8:53 a.m. CDT, Monday, June 28, 2010

NEOSHO — A Newton County judge has given a former Leawood treasurer convicted of stealing more than $300,000 from the southwest Missouri town a choice: pay the money back or go to jail.

Judge Kevin Selby told Gene Paul Boyd at his sentencing Friday that Boyd had one year to repay the $376,000 he stole from the town over nearly two decades. The judge said if Boyd doesn't make restitution in time he should "pack a toothbrush."

Selby suspended the maximum 15-year prison sentence pending the repayment.

Boyd had previously pleaded guilty to felony theft.

The Joplin Globe reports that the 64-year-old defendant offered to repay about $250 a month to Leawood for as long as he lived, but the judge didn't approve that plan.

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