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Mason City Church Embezzler Sentenced to 27 Months in Prison 

A north Iowa woman has been sentenced for embezzling over a quarter of a million dollars from a Mason City church.

According to court documents, Melissa Noland was hired in August 2014 by First United Methodist Church in Mason City as a financial records keeper. Prosecutors say Noland stole or otherwise misappropriated almost $275,000 from church accounts between January 2015 and January 2019 by writing checks to herself, directly depositing money into her accounts, and using church funds to pay credit card debts and for her personal internet service.

Noland has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Iowa to wire fraud. She has been sentenced to two years and three months in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She must also pay full restitution to the church.

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Mark Pitz

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