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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      March 1, 1999
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation    99-104

  Former Employee of  Project ReStart Arrested in Idaho

Suspect allegedly received cash in exchange for court mandated community service work

The Nevada Division of Investigation's (NDI) four month long investigation of Project ReStart has resulted in a warrant and the eventual arrest of former Project ReStart employee Sandra Toone on February 18 by the Bannock County Sheriff's Office in Pocatella, Idaho.

The 40-year-old Toone was charged with two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and has been extradited back to Reno and booked on February 24 into the Washoe County Jail to await trail.  She allegedly received cash in exchange for falsifying community service hours on numerous time sheets presented to the courts.

Project ReStart's Alternative Sentencing Program sets up non-violent offenders with community agencies to fulfill court-appointed community service time.  A Court Administrator from Reno Justice Court found discrepancies in the management of Project ReStart  records and contacted the Reno Police Department.  Reno Police turned the investigation over to NDI due to a potential conflict of interest.

The Nevada Division of Investigation, a Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety, assists local law enforcement jurisdictions in criminal investigations.