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10:59 PM Sat, Jan. 19th

Sarah's House thief sentenced

Former executive director will spend 150 days in jail

Ivy Minnie

Ivy Minnie

KINGMAN - The former executive director of Sarah's House tearfully apologized in court Friday before being sentenced to 150 days in jail for stealing several thousand dollars from the organization over a yearlong period.

Ivy Minnie, 46, will also receive three years of supervised probation and is required to repay $6,000 to the non-profit she formerly headed. Half of that amount was handed over at the start of the hearing.

Minnie wept as she apologized to those she let down before the sentence was handed down, particularly County Attorney Bill Ekstrom, and said she realized all the good she had done while at Sarah's House "is nullified by my actions, and for that I am ashamed and sorry."

Minnie was arrested in July, six months after the Kingman Police Department began its investigation into unauthorized expenses charged to the Sarah's House credit card.

Police say the personal expenses included payments for her personal cell phone, personal insurance premiums, college books, tuition, personal vehicle registration, spa charges, restaurants and personal vehicle maintenance. The charges were made from November 2008 to September 2009.

The theft was discovered shortly after Minnie left her position last fall. She has been residing in Las Vegas since then. She is said to have changed or disguised bank statements in an attempt to prevent detection.

The Yavapai County Attorney's Office handled prosecution of the case because of the relationship between Sarah's House and the Mohave County Attorney's Office. Sarah's House is a non-profit "safe haven" where victims of sexual assault undergo medical examinations.

Judge Steven Conn had the option of leaving the theft charge undesignated or classifying it as a felony. He opted for the felony designation, telling Minnie he made that decision because the theft took place over an extended period of time from an agency charged with helping people.