Former Arkansas HIV Program Chief Pleads Guilty to Theft

February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:39 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ The former head of an Arkansas program to

help people with the virus that causes AIDS has admitted she stole

money from the program to purchase a five-thousand dollar diamond

ring. Forty-five-year-old Lola Thrower of North Little Rock has

pleaded guilty to a federal charge of aiding and abetting the theft

of government property. The former H-I-V services program

administrator at the state Department of Health and Human Services

is to be sentenced June 30th. The charge involves almost

11-thousand dollars that was to be used for H-I-V and AIDS services

in Arkansas.

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