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Women admit stealing gifts from church intended for needy children

FARGO--Two women pleaded guilty Monday, July 11, in Cass County District Court to their roles in stealing items from a Fargo church that had been collected at Christmastime to be sent to needy children around the world.

FARGO-Two women pleaded guilty Monday, July 11, in Cass County District Court to their roles in stealing items from a Fargo church that had been collected at Christmastime to be sent to needy children around the world.

Fata Begic, 44. and Elvida Music, 24, each pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft stemming from thefts that occurred in November at Bethel Evangelical Free Church

According to court records, items taken included packages containing gifts and money that were collected as part of a program called Operation Christmas Child.

The women must jointly pay restitution totaling $2,456.

In both cases, imposition of sentence was deferred for 18 months and they were placed on supervised probation for 18 months. Begic and Music originally faced felony charges.

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A third defendant in the case, Abid Begic, 33, pleaded guilty last month to a misdemeanor theft charge and was ordered to pay toward restitution. He, too, originally faced a felony charge.

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