Former Walla Walla Undersheriff Could Get Ten Months of Confinement

<p>Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department</p>

Walla Walla County Sheriff's Department

The former Walla Walla Undersheriff who pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the Sheriff's Office could spend 10 months in confinement.

Carole Lepiane originally pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement but changed that plea in federal court in Spokane on Thursday.

According to federal court documents, Lepiane stole bail money from inmates on more than 50 occasions from 2004 to 2009 while employed with the Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office.

Lepiane would pocket cash sent from inmates at the jail for bail and cover up that stolen money with checks that came from a phone company that provides calls for inmates.

Her sentencing is not until January but court documents show she is expected to be given 10 months of confinement, six in a federal facility followed by four in a halfway house.

Lepiane is also expected to pay restitution along with her sentence.

The former Undersheriff stopped working for the Sheriff's Office in 2009.

Her lawyer released the following statement regarding the embezzlement:

"Carole Lepiane is very sorry for the trouble she has caused her family, her former employer and Walla Walla County. She hopes to make amends."

The documents said Lepiane was depositing the money into her own personal bank account and using the money for her own online shopping purchases.