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Retired colonel sentenced for embezzlement

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Posted: Thursday, March 29, 2012 3:07 pm

A retired colonel from the National Guard who stole nearly $2 million from charities for service men and women and their families, was sentenced Wednesday to 3.5 years in prison.

James Burnes, 66, of Tempe, admitted to taking more than $2 million over the course of four years while he was a resource manager with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records. He pleaded guilty to fraud and theft-related charges last month.

The thefts occurred from 2007 to 2011.

Burnes was ordered by the judge to repay the charities $2,000 a month until all the money is paid back.

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