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Husband and wife sentenced for thefts from Hayfield ambulance


MANTORVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- A husband and wife have been sentenced for stealing thousands of dollars from Hayfield Ambulance Service.

James and Anne Middleton were ordered to serve two years probation and pay nearly $12,000 in restitution. They will also serve three days in jail and complete 50 hours of community service.

The former volunteer EMTs earlier pleaded guilty to theft by swindle charges.

An audit last year found the Middletons making unauthorized purchases with ambulance service funds.

Investigators say the Middletons spent nearly $12,000 on items like a gas grill, a kindle fire, and raincoats.

Several items were recovered that were paid for with ambulance funds.

According to the complaint, both James and Anne admitted they used several thousand dollars inappropriately saying they were having financial problems, but intended to pay it back.

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