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Woman sentenced in theft scheme

October 13, 2004|by PEPPER BALLARD

pepperb@herald-mail.com

A Washington County woman convicted in July of stealing more than $150,000 from her former employer was ordered Tuesday to make restitution within five years.

Julie Anne Young pleaded guilty in July to felony theft scheme in connection with $156,425.68 taken from Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry Inc. over a three-year period.

Washington County Circuit Judge Frederick C. Wright III on Tuesday ordered Young to pay the business at least $1,000 a month over the next five years. She now owes Decor $111,425.68.

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Through a Washington County Sheriff's Department investigation in the spring of 2004, 144 checks totaling $156,425.68 were found written out to Young on a Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry Inc. bank account between Sept. 20, 2000 and April 4, 2003, Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Robert Veil said.

Most of those checks, which Young was not authorized to write, were for about $1,000, he said.

Sentencing for Young, 32, whose last known mailing address was 11830 Clearview Road in Hagerstown, was delayed at her July plea hearing to give her time to sell her house to obtain money to put toward restitution.

Young brought a $45,000 certified check to court Tuesday, $33,000 of which was from the sale of her house, with the remainder from savings and loans, her defense attorney, Eric Andrews, told Wright.

Andrews told Wright that Young has said she could manage payments of $1,000 a month, a commitment he called "optimistic."

Wright ordered that Young pay the remaining $111,425.68 owed in restitution in increments of at least $1,000 a month over the next five years of her ordered probation period.

He suspended a 10-year state prison sentence and told Young that she could face at least a portion of that sentence if restitution is not made within five years.

"The expectation is that you're going to be paying this off," Wright told Young. He said he opted not to order her to serve time so that she could pay restitution.

Prior to sentencing Young, Wright asked why it wasn't until Feb. 27, 2004, that a check was discovered and reported to police.

"Blind trust," Dacor Lighting and Cabinetry Inc. owner Jay Brechbiel told Wright. He said that Young, who was a part-time employee at the Western Maryland Parkway business at the time of the offense, "did all of the accounting off-site at her own home because she took a maternity leave."

After the hearing, Brechbiel said that he was pleased with Young's sentence.

"I'm pleased with the restitution part of it and her attempt to get it paid back," he said.

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