A Marietta woman who stole upwards of $42,000 from her employer was sentenced to three years of community control and 90 days in the Washington County Jail Thursday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.
Molly Moore, 26, of 905 Sugar Plum Road, was sentenced on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. She pleaded guilty on March 11 to the theft from Lang Masonry. Her charges could have been a fourth-degree felony count because of the amount of money involved, but because of a lack of criminal record and intention to make restitution, she was allowed to plead to a fifth-degree count.
Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings said Moore used company credit cards from September 2012 to October 2013 to buy things from Amazon, Walmart and DirecTV.
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Molly Moore sits with her attorney, Eric Fowler, awaiting sentencing Thursday afternoon.
"She used Lang's credit cards and just bought stuff like crazy on the Internet," he said.
As of her sentencing Thursday, Rings said the restitution of $42,000 had been paid in full to Lang Masonry.
Moore's attorney, Eric Fowler, said that many can say "I'm sorry" after committing a crime, but what makes the difference is when they make amends.
"(Moore has paid) full restitution," he said. "She has no prior history. (Those here are) pretty much her entire family here in support of her. (This theft) is out of character...She was completely cooperative with the investigation."
Moore did address the court during her sentencing.
"I'd like to apologize to Mr. Lang, my family and friends for what I've done and the pain I've caused," she said, adding that while her crime happened, she had undiagnosed depression, but is now receiving treatment for it.
Judge Ed Lane said there is a cause for some concern regarding the case.
"The only thing that bothers me about this, is in your statement, you said the whole pattern lasted a year and involved food and gas," he said. "When I see the list of things (bought), it's not food and gas...I see luxury items."
Some of the items included folding chairs, necklaces, a Nikon camera, a Honeywell air conditioner and a gun cabinet.
Moore was caught after Skinner Firestone in Beverly gave a courtesy call to Lang Masonry after Moore used the credit cards to purchase four tires for her personal vehicle. The company then reviewed the credit card statements and found the multiple fraudulent purchases Moore had made.