SUNBURY - The former secretary for a Mount Carmel area businessman accused of making illegal transactions from his account was sentenced Monday to five years probation and ordered to make more than $12,000 restitution.

Shannon L. Fisher, 35, formerly of Marion Heights, who pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property, was given the probation sentence by Northumberland County President William H. Wiest, who also ordered the defendant to pay $12,500 restitution to Vince Guarna of Mount Carmel Township, a $300 fine and an assortment of costs.

Additional charges of access device fraud and theft by unlawful taking were not prosecuted.

A tearful Fisher expressed remorse for her offenses prior to being sentenced.

The defendant, who could have faced jail time, must make payments of $175 per month to Guarna starting April 15, in addition to providing a lump sum payment of $1,500.

She was charged by Mount Carmel Patrolman Jason Drumheller with using money from Guarna's account to make $12,500 worth of illegal transactions while she was employed as a secretary to manage his finances at his Cherry Street apartment complex in Mount Carmel. Police said the transactions were made between March 1 and Nov. 8, 2012.