A former office manager accused of stealing more than $100,000 from her employer pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and was sentenced to six years in state jail.
Angela M. Smith, 34, of Paradise, entered her plea of guilty to theft in the amount of $100,000 to $200,000 in 271st District Court in Decatur. The theft charge is a second-degree felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in jail.
Investigators said Smith was the office manager for several years at Cobb Rental and Equipment in Decatur and stole more than $100,000 from her former employer over a 29-month period from January 2009 to June 2011.
Smith also pleaded guilty Tuesday to two charges of forgery of a financial instrument and a charge of credit card or debit card abuse. She was sentenced to 15 months in state jail for those charges, with the sentences to run concurrently with the theft sentence.
Smith was indicted last April for the theft charge and three counts of forgery. The indictment contains copies of two checks, both made out to Smith, one in the amount of $1,500 and another in the amount of $2,500, using the forged signature of one of the business owners. The indictment also claims Smith used a fleet fuel card without consent of the business owners.
After Smith left the company in June of 2011, “an audit of company bank accounts and charge accounts was conducted, and it was determined that numerous charges from the company bank account and charge account were made (by Smith) without” the owners’ consent, according to the arrest affidavit.
Investigators said Smith used company credit cards and bank accounts to pay her own bills, including personal credit cards. As office manager, Smith was in charge of issuing fuel cards and debit/credit cards to employees, as well as managing company accounts.