Local woman sentenced for theft of $800K
by MDJ staff
July 01, 2014 04:00 AM | 3132 views | 2 2 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Sharron Yvonne Rice
Sharron Yvonne Rice
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MARIETTA — A former office manager will go to prison after admitting she stole more than $800,000 from her Marietta employer, Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds said.

Sharron Yvonne Rice, 45, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin told the court that between 2005 and 2012, Rice had issued more than 800 company checks to fake vendors, forging her boss’ signature on them. The checks were deposited into accounts of shell companies.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben Green sentenced Rice to 30 years — with eight years to serve in custody — and ordered her to pay $803,000 in restitution.

“This is a case of a trusted employee damaging a small business almost to the point of no return,” Melvin said. “The victim is still dealing with the havoc she caused, and I am thankful Judge Green saw fit to send Ms. Rice to prison. Thieves should beware in Cobb County.”

Marietta attorney Melvin Nash represented Rice, who has been in custody at the county jail since September 2013.

A codefendant, Robert Whaley, is scheduled for trial on Monday, July 7.

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MoreyL
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July 01, 2014
30 years for stealing 800,000??? are you serious? wall st crooks steal billions and even if they get caught, get a slap on the wrist. the "justice" system is corrupt to the core.
Diogenesof Sinope
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July 01, 2014
MoreyL, you're truly an idiot. It's 30 serve 8 with a lot of restitution. The extra time allows restitution to be made in payment installments. If I follow your flawed logic, the fact that others steal a lot more means that this criminal should get a slap on the wrist? Stupid really stupid.
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