OR youth groups' treasurer gets 5 years in theft

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for embezzling more than $100,000 from youth groups and spending it on shopping sprees and a New York City vacation.

Defense lawyer Kevin Davenport told a Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge on Thursday that 45-year-old Renae Marlee Mason of Lake Oswego chronically abused pain medication, leading the former CPA to "drug-fueled aberrant behavior."

She pleaded guilty in June to six counts of first-degree aggravated theft and one count of first-degree theft. Mason admitted taking money from Lake Oswego Junior Baseball, Lake Oswego Youth Football and the Lake Oswego Junior High School Parent Club. She served as volunteer treasurer for the organizations.

The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/mUa6o7) says Chris Casebeer of Lake Oswego Youth Football says it will take years for his organization to recover.

Mason has promised to repay what she stole.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com