Moriah woman sent to prison

MORIAH - A former Moriah Ambulance Squad officer is headed to state prison.

Rebecca A. Rodriguez was sentenced by Judge Richard Meyer May 12 to two to six years in state prison for stealing $9,600 from the Moriah Ambulance Squad.

Rodriguez, 38, of 17 Wasson St., Witherbee, had earlier pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.

She admitted that while she was assistant captain and acting treasurer of the Moriah Ambulance Squad she took $9,600 from the squad treasury between March and May 2008 to pay a mortgage and buy a car.

Essex County District Attorney Julie Garcia recommended state prison time, saying Rodriguez might need help with a gambling addiction.

Rodriguez was taken to Essex County Jail to await transfer to a state correctional facility.

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