By ALLISON REAMER
A former Circle K district manager was sentenced Wednesday to five years of community control sanctions and ordered to make restitution after stealing more than $150,000 from the company over several years.
Donna F. Rexroad, 51, of Dunkirk was sentenced by Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson for grand theft, a third-degree felony. She was also placed on 90 days of electronic monitoring.
Assistant Hancock County Prosecutor Alex Treece said the theft exceeded $240,000, but the parties agreed on $150,000 in restitution, the amount that could be proven.
Rexroad must pay an estimated $30,000 a year to Circle K.
Judge Routson said the amount of restitution is “substantial” and “one of the highest orders of restitution the court has considered.”
Repaying Circle K is a goal of the sentence, the judge indicated.
“They’re (Circle K) out all of that money and they’re due that money and so the court also has to consider a fashion, a sentence that makes it possible that you can pay them back,” Routson said.
If Rexroad fails to make restitution, sanctions such as jail time could be imposed, Routson said.
The theft occurred between Jan. 6, 2011, and Feb. 2, 2015, according to the indictment. The theft was discovered by the Circle K accounting department, prosecutors said.
Rexroad pleaded no contest to the charge on April 25.
Rexroad was the district manager for Circle K convenience stores in Hancock and Allen counties, according to the Hancock County Prosecutor’s Office.
One of her duties was “to purchase stamps for sale at the Circle K stores. It would be her job to go to the post office with a money order, purchase stamps, deliver those stamps to the store for sale,” Treece said.
Rexroad purchased stamps from various post offices, frequently in Dunkirk, Treece said.
An investigation by Circle K, the Findlay Police Department and U.S. Postal Service inspectors found the claimed purchase of stamps and receipts for stamps did not always match.
“She would deposit these money orders in her personal checking account and purchase stamps for a significant amount less than the money order was printed for, and return those stamps to the store for sale,” Treece said. “She would then retain the difference.”
Also, there were times that stamp receipts were not dated, indicating that Rexroad fabricated receipts, prosecutors said.
Treece asked Judge Routson to place Rexroad on community control sanctions and to impose the agreed-upon restitution amount to Circle K.
Rexroad’s attorney, Steven Powell, said she has lived a law-abiding life prior to this incident, has had no bond violations, is employed, and will move forward with the restitution payments.
Rexroad said Wednesday she has not begun saving money for the payments.