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By JoEllen Black/Richmond News
A former assistant manager at Richmond Orschelen Farm and Home was given four concurrent seven-year sentences by Judge David Miller Nov. 7 in Eighth Circuit Court. The sentence was suspended to 120 days in prison and five years probation.
Irene Carter, 56, of Richmond, plead ed guilty to processing false merchandise returns, forging signatures and pocketing cash on 255 occasions between February 2005 and January 2011 totaling $21,793. The cash thefts ranged from $19.15 to $349.99, with 73 exceeding $100, according to court documents.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Orscheln’s first discovered what it termed a “cash refund fraud” in June 2010 during a routine store audit. A store investigator then retraced previous cash refunds made at the store and found additional suspicious refunds in which it was believed Carter was involved.
The store eventually installed a hidden camera and video-recording system in the store ceiling and later in the office, where in December 2010 it captured the first images of Carter pocketing cash.