Judge sentences former Findlay Publishing Co. employee for theft

A former Findlay Publishing Co. employee must repay funds after an investigation found she stole $25,000 from her employer.

Mary E. Wolford, 46, of Findlay, was sentenced Wednesday on a fourth-degree felony charge of theft, for cashing checks through Findlay Publishing Co., owner of The Courier, without sufficient funds.

Wolford committed the thefts over two years and initially minimized her actions, said Hancock County Prosecutor Mark Miller.

“The defendant’s a thief, and the fact that she can’t admit that in the pre-sentence (investigation) is disconcerting to me as a citizen of this community,” Miller said.

Wolford apologized to Hancock County Common Pleas Court Judge Reginald Routson.

“It’s my fault and I accept responsibility for it,” she said.

Routson ordered Wolford to serve five years of community control sanctions, including 200 hours of community service, and the judge reserved a 16-month prison term for her if she violates her sanctions. Wolford must pay a $700 insurance deductible and $4,715 in restitution to a Cincinnati insurance company.

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