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Woman pleads guilty to theft

July 09, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

Sentencing for a woman who pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony theft scheme charge in Washington County Circuit Court was delayed to give her time to make the final settlement on her home so she can repay about $156,000 owed to Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry Inc.

Julie Anne Young, 32, of 11830 Clearview Road in Hagerstown, was a part-time employee at Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry at the time she was charged taking the money from the company by writing checks to herself, according to court documents.

Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil said that through a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigation, 144 checks, totaling $156,425.68, were found written out to Young on a Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry bank account between Oct. 1, 2002 and Feb. 25, 2004.

He said that during the investigation, Young "admitted that she wrote checks to herself, admitted that she was not authorized to do so, admitted that (the owner) did not sign checks and that she signed his name."

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Young's attorney, Eric Andrews, requested that sentencing be delayed so that Young can secure the final settlement on her home to make restitution.

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