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Woman is sentenced in theft case

June 11, 1998

A Hagerstown woman who stole $48,000 from a former employer was sentenced Tuesday to serve 100 days in the Washington County Detention Center.

Pamela Sue Bard, 48, of 411 Guilford Ave., was charged last November with felony theft scheme, 10 counts of forgery and 10 counts of uttering.

In April, she pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft. It was on that charge that Washington County Circuit Judge John H. McDowell sentenced Bard Tuesday.

McDowell originally sentenced Bard to five years in prison but suspended all but 100 days. He also ordered 250 hours of community service and probation of three years.

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Restitution is to be handled through the civil court proceedings, court records said.

Bard was accused of stealing from her employer over the last two years, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

The victim was Dacor Lighting & Cabinetry Inc. on Western Maryland Parkway.

Last October, Stan and Debra Valentine reported the theft from their business. Bard, who was the company's bookkeeper, allegedly forged Debra Valentine's signature on numerous business checks issued to Bard, police said.

After writing the checks Bard cashed them or deposited them into her own bank account, police said.

Bard's arrest was the result of a joint investigation by the Internal Revenue Service and the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

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