Lappe sentenced for stealing from rodeo organizations

Posted at 4:59 PM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 18:59:34-04

Alesia "Lisa" Lappe, the former secretary of the Montana High School Rodeo Association, changed her plea and was sentenced on Thursday in Beaverhead County court.

Lappe changed her plea to guilty to one count of theft by embezzlement by common scheme.

She admitted to taking money from the organization and and the Dillon High School Rodeo Association.

Lappe took the money without approval of the board of directors.

Lappe was given a three-year deferred sentence and ordered to pay restitution.

(MAY 18, 2018) Alesia Lappe, a Lima woman charged with embezzling money from the Montana High School Rodeo Association, is facing more charges.

Dillon Police Chief Don Guiberson said 53-year-old Lappe is now accused of embezzling $21,000 from the Beaverhead County High School Rodeo Association.

She was arrested Tuesday on the new charge and remains jailed in Dillon on $21,000 bond.

Lappe was charged earlier this month with felony embezzlement in connection with stealing $38,000 from the state rodeo association.

Court documents state Lappe was working as the secretary for the rodeo association when the money was embezzled between March and December of last year.

She was not arrested in that case, but given a notice to appear in court.

(MAY 16, 2018) Alesia "Lisa" Lappe, the former secretary of the Montana High School Rodeo Association, has been charged with embezzling several thousand dollars.

Lappe is charged with one count of theft by embezzlement by common scheme in Beaverhead County District Court.

According to court documents, Lappe started working for the association in March 2015 and was let go in December 2017. 

Court documents state Lappe wrote several checks to herself and she also made several debits to the account without the association’s approval.

When Lappe was asked about it, she reportedly told police that she used the checks to pay off two loans.

She reportedly also used the money to buy things for her family.

Court documents state that Lappe told investigators that "there were times when she was short on money so she would over-pay herself to buy things for herself or her kids because she has a difficult time saying no to her kids."

Court documents state she stole more than $38,000 from the association.

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