A former credit union loan officer will spend six months in afederal prison and six months in home confinement for embezzlingmore than $118,000 from the $26.7 million Belen Railway EmployeesCredit Union in Belen, N.M. over seven years.

U.S. District Court Judge James A. Parker in Albuquerque alsoordered Louisa Gabaldon, 44, of Belen, to pay full restitution andserve five years of supervised release.

However, in the days before Gabaldon was sentenced last week,federal prosecutors and Gabaldon’s defense attorney were embroiledin fierce legal disputes over the prison sentence, according tocourt documents.

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