CLINTON — A Clinton woman received a suspended sentence Thursday for a second-degree theft charge.

Sherry M. Parker, 43, appeared in Clinton County District Court to receive her sentence. She pleaded guilty to second-degree theft on Nov. 30. On Thursday, the State recommended a suspended sentence because Parker’s prior criminal history was from more than two decades ago and she has a good record of employment.

Judge Mark Lawsen denied Parker’s request for a deferred judgement due to her age and criminal history and sentenced her to two years probation.

According to the affidavit, a doctor reported one of his employees had been stealing money from the business. The doctor reported Parker had worked at his office since May 16, 2011. Cash was first noted missing in July 2015. The doctor suspected Parker was taking money from the business. Parker’s duties included taking payments from customers for their service at the doctor’s office. Customers could pay for their office visit with cash or credit card. Parker was responsible for documenting these transactions in the receipt book.

The affidavit continues that the doctor claimed Parker began taking the cash payments and shredding customers’ cash receipts. Parker would also record fake credit card transactions to make cash payments look like credit card payments. Parker would then pocket the cash payments. The fraudulent practices had been documented from July 2015 through February 2016. The total amount taken was over $10,000, according to the doctor’s office records.

The affidavit states that on March 14, 2016, an officer interviewed Parker at the Clinton Police Department. Parker admitted she started stealing money in July 2015. Parker admitted during the interview she began taking smaller amounts of cash from the doctor’s office. Parker stated this continued and the amounts grew because she had bills that needed to be paid. Parker stated she needed the money to pay for her rent, utilities and take care of her son and his medical bills.

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