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Woman gets prison for nearly $500,000 theft from dental office

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead woman was sentenced to almost four years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing almost $500,000 from the dental office where she worked as manager.

Teresa Rae Larson, 45, was sentenced Tuesday in Clay County District Court to three years and nine months after pleading guilty to four counts of diversion of corporate property, a felony. Eleven other counts against Larson were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Larson admitted to stealing from her employer, Northland Dental, starting in January 2006 and continuing until last April.

Victims who spoke in court Tuesday said Larson used the more than $497,000 she stole for cosmetic surgery, trips to Hawaii, clothes, jewelry and for work on her home.

Larson apologized to her victims in court.

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