A Louisville woman will be sentenced October 24th on a theft conviction.
As part of a plea agreement, 32-year-old Sara P. Roberts pled guilty to a Class IV Felony of theft by unlawful taking. She had originally been charged with a Class III Felony theft count.
The prosecution and defense will jointly recommend probation. Restitution is also a point of the plea agreement.
According to Cass County Attorney Nathan Cox, Roberts had a working relationship with Quality Fence Company of Omaha and transferred $67,000 of the company’s money into her own personal account while working from her home in Cass County in 2008.
The Cassgram reports Roberts told investigators the company knew she took the money because she knew there were illegal aliens working for the company—a kind of “hush money” arrangement, said Cox. However, Cox said Quality Fence officials told investigators there was no such agreement.
Defense attorney Deb Cunningham disagreed with the “extortion” assertion put forward by Cox, but instead termed it as money that was “incorrectly taken.”
Insurance and investigation has allowed Quality Fence to recover much of the missing money, said Cox, but there is $19,000 outstanding and is to be paid as restitution. A sum is to be paid before the sentencing date. Cass County District Court Judge Randall Rehmeier advised Roberts that the higher the upfront lump sum that is paid, the shorter the likely probation term.