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Woman admits stealing nearly $300,000 from employer

A former manager of Image Dental Studio in Red Deer will be sentenced in March after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $300,000 from her employer.

Debbie Kim Gagne, 50, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday to a single count of theft in connection with monies totalling $292,537.50 that went missing from the clinic in the period from April 22, 2010, to Nov. 19, 2011.

More facts will be presented during sentencing, scheduled for March 13.

Special prosecutor Tony Bell, now based in Calgary, suggested the lengthy adjournment to give Gagne time to get her affairs in order, anticipating that she will be sent to prison.

Gagne was originally charged with 231 offences in connection with the missing money.

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