Friday, January 16, 2015

California Woman To Be Sentenced For $348K Embezzlement From Hardware Store Over 6 Years

From the Press-Democrat on 1/15/15:

A Santa Rosa woman will be sentenced to up to five years in prison after pleading no contest to embezzling $348,000 from a small Sonoma County hardware store chain, lawyers said Thursday.

Glynis Lewis, 45, was charged with stealing the money from Garrett Hardware when she worked as office manager from 2006 to 2012.

She was believed to have taken the money from daily cash bank deposits, prosecutor Amy Ariyoshi said.
Lewis acknowledged the theft in an apology letter she wrote to the store owners when she resigned in October 2013.

She initially was charged with five criminal counts, including money laundering and receiving stolen property.

But she pleaded no contest Monday to grand theft-embezzlement with a sentencing enhancement for the large amount. Her lawyers said the exact amount of the theft is in dispute.

“She pleaded to the charge for which she is responsible, and she’s going to be sentenced,” her attorney Roy Miller said.

The other charges will be dropped at her March 11 sentencing hearing before Judge Robert LaForge.
At a minimum, Lewis faces a year in county jail and a period of probation, Miller said.

Under state sentencing laws, she will be eligible for release after serving half of her time.
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Update 3/11/2015:  Lewis was sentenced to 40 months in prison.


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