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Dobbyn gets 6 months, pays $20K toward restitution

Submitted by on April 16, 2010 – 6:10 amNo Comment

The former magistrate of the 88th District Court of Montmorency County will spend the next 6 months in jail.
Kimberly Dobbyn, 52, was formally sentenced Thursday, for allegedly embezzling more than $120,000 from the court over a 4-year period, from January 2003 to December 2007.  Dobbyn was originally sentenced to 9 months in jail, but because she paid $20,000 in restitution Thursday, her time behind bars was reduced. 

Dobbyn was also placed on two-years probation which could be extended if she does not pay the full amount of restitution in a timely manner.  She was also granted work-release. 

The full amount of restitution is still up in the air.  A state auditor found more than $120,000 missing from the court – all linked to Dobbyn.  However, her attorney will try to whittle that amount down. 

A restitution hearing, which could last 2-3 days, will be held in the near future.  Special prosecutor Bill Pfiefer said he will ask the court to also reimburse the county for the cost of the audit and other fees that could push the amount of restitution above $150,000.