A former Lake Oswego administrative police captain was sentenced to 19 months in prison for stealing money from a trade association.

Kathi Alford, 52, was sentenced earlier this month in Clackamas County Circuit Court. She was indicted in April last year and arraigned in June.

Alford pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated theft in the first degree and was sentenced by Judge Susie Norby. In addition to serving 19 months in prison, she was ordered to pay $10,000.

The $10,000 was a debt she owed to the Oregon Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

Alford was accused of stealing $55,000 between 2004 and 2006. The majority of the money was stolen between May 2004 and September 2005, according to Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Bryan Brock, who prosecuted the case.

In addition to being an unsworn police captain in Lake Oswego, Alford was head of emergency communications. She retired in 2005, after 15 years.

For 10 years, Alford was also in charge of collecting vendor fees for the Oregon Association of Public Safety Communications Officials' annual trade shows, Brock said.

She opened an account at Bank of America and deposited checks from trade show vendors into the account, Brock said.

'She deposited checks from the trade shows and used the account as if it was her own, writing checks to herself,' he said.

Alford also put her own money into the account, which made it difficult to determine how much was her's and how much belonged to Oregon APCO, he said.

But when vendors began complaining that they had not received credits for fees they paid, the Oregon APCO asked Alford to turn over her records.

The records showed that about $55,000 was missing.

Brock said Alford spent the money at taverns and other places that have video poker.

He said Alford knew that, once she turned the books over, she would be held accountable for the missing money.

'She knew what was going to happen,' he said.

So Alford refunded the account with $45,000, paying back what she thought she owed.

However, she was $10,000 short.

'Her accounting was a little different than my accounting,' said Brock. '$10,000 was what she still owed.'

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