Woman sentenced for embezzlement from St. Thomas U

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) âÄî A federal judge sentenced a 61-year-old New Brighton woman to 1½ years in prison in a scheme to embezzle more than $120,000 from the University of St. Thomas. Gayle Janis Schmidt was also sentenced Tuesday to three years of supervised probation for one a count of wire fraud and one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer. Schmidt was also ordered to pay more than $178,000 in restitution. She pleaded guilty to the charges Dec. 8. In the plea agreement, Schmidt admitted that from October 2000 to February 2007, she used the St. Paul university’s Internet-based credit card processing system to transfer funds from university bank accounts to her own credit card accounts.