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Hagerstown woman ordered to pay restitution for stealing from Goodwill

Money was used to pay son's tuition at Christian school

Money was used to pay son's tuition at Christian school

January 08, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman who stole money from Horizon Goodwill Industries used it to pay tuition at her son's private Christian school, her defense attorney said Monday morning in Washington County Circuit Court.

Kerri Ann Sasse, 32, pleaded guilty Monday to felony theft scheme, more than $500.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III sentenced Sasse to three years in prison, with all three years suspended. She must serve three years unsupervised probation, the judge said.

Sasse, of 903 Concord St., was employed by Horizon Goodwill Industries at the time of the theft, Deputy State's Attorney Steven Kessell said Monday afternoon during a phone interview.

Boone also ordered a restitution hearing be set to determine how much Sasse owes.

Sasse was accused of stealing about $6,000, Kessell said Monday in court.

Sasse told the judge she thought she owes about half of the $6,000 because other people were involved in the scheme, she said.

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Sasse has one son, who was bullied during school, Assistant Public Defender Jerome J. Joyce told the judge Monday. Sasse put her son in private school and had trouble paying the tuition, Joyce said.

"I know it seems unseemly to send her son to Christian school and pay for it by stealing," he said.

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