No prison time for Wells County ex-sheriff in theft case

Published: Jun. 4, 2020 at 2:35 PM CDT
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A former sheriff in North Dakota won't spend any time behind bars after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors on accusations he stole more than $750,000 from the state government.

Johnny Zip Lawson, 43, the former Wells County Sheriff, was ordered to pay full restitution during sentencing in federal court earlier this week.

Lawson could have been sent to prison for 10 years and fined $250,000. Lawson was ordered to serve three years of supervised release.

Lawson and his wife, Christine Diana Lawson, were indicted for "converting for their use $751,000 in overpayments" made from North Dakota's Department of Human Services. She was given the same sentence earlier.