Ex-leader of Ore. mediation center pleads guilty



ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The former leader of a Willamette Valley nonprofit agency has pleaded guilty to charges that authorities say helped to bring down the 25-year-old organization.

Linn-Benton Mediation Services closed last year. Board members say embezzlement and mismanagement left it $80,000 in debt.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reported (http://bit.ly/AhCJrT ) that 36-year-old Miriam Bautista pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated theft.

She was sentenced to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution, do five days of compensatory service and spend five years on probation.

She wrote a restitution check for $1,700 on Wednesday as part of the plea deal.