Anneliese Armstrong, former mayor of Mount Vernon, entered a negotiated guilty plea to a Class A misdemeanor charge of theft last week in Faulkner County Circuit Court.

On Friday, she was placed on probation and ordered to pay $5,600 in restitution. Armstrong resigned from her position in 2009 amid allegations of impropriety and was charged last year following a lengthy investigation and an audit by the State of Arkansas’ legislative joint auditing committee, who discovered unauthorized purchases and payments totaling $9,061 allegedly made by Armstrong.

She had reportedly repaid over $2,000 at the time she was charged.

Among items allegedly purchased with city funds were a washing machine and lawnmower. Documentation from the auditing committee also alleged that Armstrong made payments to cellular and Internet companies on her family’s behalf.

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