A Sharpsburg woman failed Thursday to convince a Washington County Circuit Court jury she was merely using $1,400 of Taco Bell's money as leverage to get two paychecks she said her former employer owes her.
Instead that jury took less than 30 minutes to convict Susan Rebecca McGlaughlin of felony theft.
She was then given a two-year suspended prison sentence by Judge John H. McDowell - right after she repaid Taco Bell representatives the $1,415.84 bank deposit she failed to make on Aug. 10, 1998, when she was assistant manager of the Wesel Boulevard restaurant.
McGlaughlin, 47, of 17523 Longstreet Circle, was fined $300, placed on probation for two years and ordered to have a drug/alcohol evaluation.
And she was banned from all Taco Bells in Washington County.
"It was pure stupidity," McGlaughlin admitted in her testimony of her failure to return the money to the restaurant.
McDowell went her one better. "It was stupidity and arrogance," he said.