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July 9, 2014

Woman sentenced to jail time for stealing more than $80,000

DANVILLE – Despite her daughter’s plea to keep her mother out of jail, a judge sentenced a woman to a jail term for stealing more than $80,000 from the ATM at the store where she worked.

Montour County Judge Gary Norton sentenced Tracy Jane Truesell, 51, of Bloomsburg and formerly of Danville, to six months to one year in jail for a third-degree felony which she pleaded guilty to previously.

She will begin serving the sentence July 16. She was also ordered to do 40 hours community service and to pay restitution of $84,047 to Leighow Oil Co. which owns Food Shop No. 1 in Valley Township where she worked for 10 years.

Truesell’s daughter Mikela Truesell told the judge she knew her mother realized she faced consequences and said she would like her to receive some kind of help by speaking with a therapist. Saying her mother didn’t have health insurance, the judge said the CMSU program may be able to help.

“She’s very remorseful for what she did,” her daughter said.

Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren said the victims were in the courtroom but didn’t want to speak.

“This was ongoing against an employer for a lengthy period of time,” she said of the thefts. “There was no need for her to steal. She violated the trust of her employer,” Warren said.

Truesell represented herself.

Norton postponed her sentencing from last month so she could obtain an attorney.

“I have given you all kinds of opportunities and I said there would be no further continuances but I did grant one more,” Norton told Truesell of giving her time to hire an attorney.

Truesell, who had no criminal record, previously told the judge she couldn’t afford an attorney and didn’t qualify for a public defender.

She admitted in May to stealing $84,047 from the ATM she was supposed to fill daily at the store where she worked.

She had been free on bail after being charged with stealing from February 2010 through March 2013.

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