Hagerstown woman gets 18 months for stealing $167,000 from employers

Terri Lynn Dotson was sentenced to 15 years in prison but the judge suspended all but 18 months

October 21, 2011

A judge Wednesday sentenced a Hagerstown woman to 18 months in jail after she pleaded guilty in July to stealing $167,000 from two Frederick County employers.

Terri Lynn Dotson, 42, was sentenced in Frederick County Circuit Court to 15 years in prison, but Judge Theresa Adams suspended all but 18 months.

Dotson will serve her time in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center's work-release program, followed by five years of supervised probation and 100 hours of community service, Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith said.

Dotson entered a guilty plea in July to two counts of a theft scheme between $10,000 and $100,000. She initially faced 89 separate felony theft charges.

Adams ordered Dotson to pay $65,500 in restitution to VETcorp Inc., a disabled veteran-owned chemical company where she kept books as a subcontractor.

She admitted to paying credit card and other bills through online transfers from VETcorp's business accounts between July and December 2010, according to charging documents.

Dotson also was ordered to pay $23,549.84 to Harley-Davidson Inc. She is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from Harley-Davidson of Frederick, where she worked as a bookkeeper between February 2005 and June 2010.

The court scheduled a restitution hearing for Dec. 7 to address the issue of possible further payment to Harley-Davidson, Smith said.

Smith said the 18-month term was longer than sentencing  guidelines, which suggest probation to 12 months in jail.

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