Former Walla Walla Undersheriff Sentenced

<p>Former Walla Walla County Undersheriff Carole Lepiane is sentenced.</p>

Former Walla Walla County Undersheriff Carole Lepiane is sentenced.

Former Walla Walla County Undersheriff Carole Lepiane will spend six months in prison for embezzling more than $67,000 in public funds.

Lepiane was sentenced in federal court today in Richland and was ordered to pay more than $81,000 in restitution to the County. 

That includes the more than $67,000 in stolen funds and approximately $14,000 to reimburse Walla Walla County for the cost of conducting an audit.

She was accused of using her position as the undersheriff to steal from the county in a "check for cash swap" in a total of at least 50 instances between 2004 and 2009.

She reportedly deposited the stolen cash from inmate's bail money into her personal account and used it to make online purchases.

Washington State Police first investigated the theft in October 2009 at the request of then-Sheriff Mike Humphreys, and Lepiane pleaded guilty to one count of theft in October 2012.

Lepiane's husband is College Place Police Chief Dennis Lepiane, and he remains in that position.