Tomasita Reavis, 57, of Marietta was employed as a clerk in the county’s drug testing lab for four years. In fall 2012, supervisors became suspicious money was missing, said Kim Isaza, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office. Isaza said agents from the Marietta-Cobb-Smyrna Organized Crime Task Force installed surveillance equipment in the lab.
Reavis, who earned $17.03 per hour, was seen on video taking money from the cash drawer and putting it in her purse, Isaza said.
Defendants who are ordered to take drug tests go to the lab for those tests, for which they must pay a fee, Isaza said. Tests typically cost about $25.
Reavis, who was arrested in November 2012, pleaded guilty to six counts of theft by taking. Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney Jason Saliba asked Judge Frank Cox to sentence Reavis to serve four years in prison.
“Since the theft was by an employee of a governmental institution who stole from her employer, the sentence range is one to 15 years,” Saliba said. “In one instance, she took several hundred dollars from the cash box and then went back to get $20 for her lunch money. And she won’t say what she did with the money.”
Cox, however, sentenced Reavis to what he described as “an extremely lenient” six months in prison and 10 years of probation, and ordered restitution of $2,055.
“This was a government employee taking public funds, District Attorney Vic Reynolds added. “We believed a prison sentence was appropriate.”
Cox said he wanted to send a message employees can’t steal from a government agency. Cox denied the request for the First Offender treatment, Saliba said. Reavis has been free on bond since shortly after her arrest, and Cox gave her until June 23 to turn herself in to start her sentence.