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Williamsport woman gets three years in prison for stealing from blind relative

Krista Sue Hudson pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of less than $1,000 for using victim's credit card

January 27, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

A Washington County Circuit Court judge Thursday sentenced a Williamsport woman to three years in state prison after she pleaded guilty to stealing from a blind relative.

Krista Sue Hudson, 42, of 16818 Tammany Manor Road pleaded guilty to two counts of theft of less than $1,000 for using the credit card of the 86-year-old victim to buy $300 worth of gift cards at a department store and $500 in gift cards from a supermarket.

She was charged in June by the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

"Krista is not someone who needs to steal for survival," her attorney Susan Lochbaum said. "It's almost like she's overwhelmed by every aspect of her life.

"Krista is the kind of person who would give you the shirt off her back, but if you left something out, she might take it," Lochbaum told Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr.

In 2005 Hudson was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a theft scheme charge, according to court records.

 In that case, Hudson was charged with stealing $213,554.56 from Robinwood Orthopedic Specialists between 2000 and 2004, the court records said.

Hudson worked as a billing clerk at the medical practice and took the money in 717 separate transactions, the charging documents said.

Hudson apologized Thursday and told Long her family was at risk of losing their home because she lost her job as a result of the crimes.

Long told her he had no other choice but to "separate you again from society."

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