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ELKO – A plea agreement was reached for the former treasurer of the Motorcycle Jamboree, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $34,000 from the organization.

Deborah L. Urrizaga, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of theft by conversion, a category B felony, before Elko District Court Judge Al Kacin in exchange for dropping 20 related counts. Under the plea deal the state cannot file further charges. Probation is available.

Urrizaga faces a maximum sentence of two to 10 years in prison or a minimum of 12 to 30 months and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced in December.

Michael Shurtz, Urrizaga’s attorney, told Kacin she made a final restitution payment Sept. 8.

“You helped yourself by paying restitution,” Kacin said to Urrizaga.

Urrizaga was arrested in February after a police investigation revealed she was suspected of writing checks to herself on the Motorcycle Jamboree’s account between 2015 and 2016.

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During an investigation that started last year, Urrizaga told police that as treasurer she paid for Jamboree expenses out of her own pocket and reimbursed herself afterward. She further claimed she could not reach board members to explain the situation and believed it would not be an issue.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 4.


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