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Woman Who Stole from Texas Charity Gets Prison

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    A Southeast Texas woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing more than $75,000 from a charity where she handled the finances.

    Lauren Michelle Howell must also repay The Rainbow Connection in Galveston. She's a former treasurer with the group that uses volunteers to help families of children with cancer and blood disorders.

    Galveston police were notified in August 2011 after the head of the organization noticed a shortage of funds meant for a children's camp.

    Howell pleaded guilty Sept. 7 in the theft case and was sentenced Wednesday.

    The Galveston County Daily News reported Friday that a police affidavit says Howell and her husband were losing their house and had medical bills.