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Clerk guilty of embezzling stripper fees in Palm Beach County sentenced to 6 months in jail

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 16:09:54-05

A former Palm Beach County clerk pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 in stripper fees.

Anita Pedemey is to spend six months in jail as part of a guilty plea. Pedemey will be on probation for five years following that, court records show.

Pedemey admitted to stealing $75 fees from stripper licenses over an extended amount of time. Adult entertainers are required to register in Palm Beach County and pay a one time fee of $75 in cash or credit card.

Pedemey agreed to plead guilty in a Palm Beach County court Wednesday to one count of official misconduct and a lesser charge of petit theft.

Officials arrested Pedemy in August 2016, also accusing her of stealing $4,605 from the county's victim services fund. 

"I need to tell you something. I messed up. I've been taking money -- stealing money from the adult entertainment licenses for about six months," Pedemey told supervisors in 2016. 

A judge ordered Pedemey to pay $20,000 in restitution within 30 days. The remainder of the money she stole must be paid within 45 days thereafter.