By Patsy R. Brumfield/ NEMS/Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – Day care operator Florestine Gladney of Plantersville was sentenced Thursday to two years probation.
U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock presided over the hearing.
Gladney was indicted April 23, 2009, by a federal grand jury on nine counts that she filed false documents and illegally used Americorps tutoring funds to pay regular employees. She was accused of embezzling more than $20,000.
If convicted of all charges, she faced up to 55 years in prison and $2.25 million in fines.
She was released on a $10,000 bond after her May 19 arraignment.
In an agreement with prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Gladney pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to one count of embezzling U.S. property.
Gladney is a former Tupelo School Board trustee and long-time executive director of Tender Care Learning Center in Tupelo.
Her illegal activities were alleged to have occurred from October 2004 through April 2006.