MILLERSBURG -- A Killbuck woman last week denied taking several thousands of dollars from her former employer over a period of time spanning 2015 and 2016.
Margaret A. Maxwell, 47, of 196 E. Spring St., pleaded not guilty in Holmes County Common Pleas Court to a single count of theft.
The fifth-degree felony is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
The Holmes County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation in April 2016 after being contacted by staff at Nagy's Collision Center. It was reported that during an audit of repair orders and recycling receipts, $9,012 was missing, according to Chief Deputy Richard Haun.
Maxwell was identified as a suspect in the thefts, which are alleged to have occurred between January 2015 and February 2016.
Confronted by a detective about the allegations, Maxwell made no direct admissions, according to Haun.
Because of a personal relationship with Maxwell's family, Judge Robert Rinfret, who accepted her guilty plea, recused himself from further involvement in the case.
Maxwell, who remains free on her own recognizance is next scheduled to appear for a June 29 pretrial conference to be presided over by visiting Judge David Stucki.
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