A former cashier for Freeport Village was sentenced Wednesday to three years' probation and 300 hours' community service after stealing residents' utility payments, the Nassau district attorney's office said.
Chevelle Dubois, 37, of Freeport, will also have to repay $13,362 as part of her guilty plea in April to defrauding the government, a misdemeanor, prosecutors said.
Between January 2012 and June 2013, Dubois entered residents' cash payments into the village computer system, then changed many entries to say refunds had been made to the residents, prosecutors said.
She took the money, then repaid accounts she had stolen from the day before, a scheme that was discovered in May 2013 when a resident with a default notice showed payment receipts, prosecutors said.
She was fired in June 2013, when she was short more than $13,000.
"She never intentionally took anyone's money, and no one had their utilities terminated," said her attorney, Karl C. Seman of Garden City.
He said Dubois' cash drawer was used by other cashiers and she has taken responsibility for shortages by using her rent funds and borrowing money to repay the village.
"As a result of this, she now lives in a homeless shelter," Seman said, "and she has two children to support . . . and in spite of all the hardship, she's paid back $9,000."