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Employee receives suspended sentence

February 26, 2001

Employee receives suspended sentence



A Washington County woman who was caught on videotape stealing from her employer pleaded guilty Monday to one count of misdemeanor theft in Washington County Circuit Court.

Shirley A. Churchey, 54, of 13402 Greencastle Pike, was given a 30-day suspended jail sentence by Judge John H. McDowell, who placed her on probation for one year.

Assistant Washington County State's Attorney Michelle Flores amended the original charge of felony theft to misdemeanor theft.

She told the judge that the thefts of cigarettes, beer, snacks and whiskey occurred at Joy's Packaged Liquors at Huyett's Crossroads between July and August 2000.

Churchey's attorney, Robert Voss, told McDowell that he reviewed the videotapes.

"My client denies that she also took large amounts of cash," Voss said. "She said she only took some loose change."

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Voss noted that while Churchey worked 40 or more hours a week, she was officially paid for only about 14 hours, with some paid under the table.

"There is no honor among thieves," McDowell said. "(The employer) was stealing from the state and she was stealing from him."

McDowell levied no fine since Churchey is unemployed.

- Marlo Barnhart

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