Heidi Mitchell was employed by the city as a financial clerk between March 2009 and her termination last April. She pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony count of theft after stealing tens of thousands of dollars from American Fork coffers.
The city launched an investigation after an audit of its books -- stemming from embezzlement allegations last spring -- produced some irregularities, city officials said.
Mitchell could have received a sentence of 15 years in prison, but a judge reduced that term to 45 days. She also must pay more than $80,000 in fines and restitution. Because Mitchell is a 'bonded' employee, the monetary loss to American Fork could be covered by the city's insurance company.
Mitchell has until Feb. 4 to report to the Utah County Jail and begin her sentence.