Hyrum woman pleads guilty to stealing from her employer

LOGAN — A 39-year-old Hyrum woman has pleaded guilty to stealing money from her employer by writing extra payroll checks to herself. Hollie B. Shepherd accepted the plea deal while telling the court she couldn’t remember doing it.

Shepherd was originally charged in March with 23 felonies, including 17 counts of forgery, three counts of theft by deception, two counts of unlawful use of a credit card and one count of money laundering. As part of the plea agreement, she pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

State attorney Aaron Josie told the court how Shepherd worked at a local screen printing company. While employed, she reportedly wrote several payroll checks to herself and then cashed them. The crimes occurred between December 2015 and August 2016.

Judge Thomas Willmore became frustrated with Shepherd, when she wouldn’t tell him why she had stolen from her boss.

Defense attorney Marlin J. Grant told the court, Shepherd was authorized to do payroll for the company but didn’t remember writing the checks to herself.

Judge Willmore asked Shepherd why she was pleading guilty then saying, “People don’t steal unless there is a reason.” He scheduled sentencing for August 21, warning her that he may give her a harsher sentence, unless she can be truthful then.

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