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Embezzlement costs 1 year
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Jolene Wilkins, Monticello, attends a sentencing hearing at the Green County Justice Center Friday in a case involving 19 felony charges of theft and forgery after stealing nearly $30,000 from Rock Solid Concrete LLC in the Town of Sylvester using 87 checks over more than two years. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MONROE - In an impassioned speech at a sentencing hearing Friday, a Monroe-area small business owner said he felt "victimized twice" - once by the former employee who embezzled nearly $30,000 from him and again by the Green County District Attorney tasked with prosecuting her. The ex-employee, 36-year-old Jolene Elizabeth Wilkins of Monticello, pleaded no contest to a Class G felony charge of theft in a business setting. As part of a plea deal in the case, 18 other felony charges of theft and forgery were dismissed but "read in," meaning the judge could consider them in his sentencing.