JUNEAU (AP) -- State prosecutors want the Supreme Court to reverse an appellate decision that relieved the former treasurer of the Juneau Folk Festival from paying $5,000 in restitution.
James Demers was convicted of theft and falsifying business records for stealing more than $13,000 from festival coffers.
Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins ordered six months of prison time and restitution. Restitution included repayment of the stolen funds and $5,400 for the festival's costs to investigate the theft.
In February, the appellate court in part reversed Collins' order for restitution. The judges determined that Demers should pay back $400 that the festival spent for a professional accountant, but not the $5,000 to two volunteers who audited and reconstructed the books and proved the money was stolen.
The appellate decision was too narrow in its interpretation of statutes governing restitution, according to Assistant Attorney General Cynthia Cooper.
A Supreme Court decision on hearing the case is expected by the end of the month.
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