Former DEA employee given probation for stealing agency funds |

Former DEA employee given probation for stealing agency funds

A former Drug Enforcement Administration employee will spend one year on probation and perform 50 hours of community service for embezzling $1,800 from the agency’s drug enforcement funds, U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose judge ruled Monday.

Holly Cook, 43, of Monongahela pleaded guilty in May to stealing government money. She took money from a locked cash box she was in charge of and, in addition to the $1,800, stole an undetermined amount of money from other employees while collecting donations for charities, prosecutors say.

Cook apologized to her family and friends and thanked them for supporting her.

“I will never forgive myself for allowing a momentary lapse in judgment to define the rest of my life,” she said.

Cook repaid $1,200 before an audit discovered the thefts, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Houghton. Assistant Federal Public Defender Penn Hackney said his client has since repaid the rest of the money.

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