Waldoboro woman gets deferred sentence for theft

By Juliette Laaka | Jul 28, 2014

Rockland — A 47-year-old Waldoboro woman, who pleaded guilty July 28 to stealing money from an employer, said she wants to make things right.

Alicia D. Rawley was charged with felony theft for taking $5,800 during a seven-month period from an employer while she was a home health worker. The victim gave a debit card to employees to purchase household items and groceries.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said video surveillance shows Rawley getting cash back after purchasing items at Hannaford and Shaws.

A jointly-recommended sentence of a five-moth deferred disposition was accepted by Justice Joyce Wheeler. If Rawley abides by terms of the agreement, she will serve four months in jail. If she does not, she could serve three years will all but nine months suspended.

Rawley, who has no prior criminal history, has already paid $3,200 to the victim. She said she got into the position of stealing because her bills began to pile up after the death of her daughter and separation from her husband.

Wheeler said although the crime is not excused, the circumstances surrounding the thefts provides some context.

In June, A 22-year-old Waldoboro woman pleaded guilty to stealing $17,000 from the same employer.

Tasha Campbell admitted to two felony charges of theft and unlawful possession of drugs in Knox County Superior Court and was placed on a jointly recommended deferred disposition. Campbell was also ordered to repay the money she took from the victim, who is in support of the sentence.

Campbell said she stole the money to support a drug habit.

If Campbell refrains from criminal activity for two years, a good outcome will be six months in jail and a $400 fine. If she does not adhere to conditions imposed by the court, she will face a minimum sentence of three years in jail with all but nine months suspended.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@villagesoup.com.

Comments (2)
Posted by: Judy Olson | Aug 04, 2014 14:48

Likely the victim in this matter that hired the health care agency to provide her with services and asssistance has legal recourse against that agency by filing a civil suit.  Might be the best way to be reimbursed for her losses.



Posted by: paula sutton | Jul 30, 2014 08:02

What about the home health agency that was in charge of these workers?   Do any of their employment practices or management techniques beg the need to review?  Stealing from the vulnerable no matter the reason is heinous and these sentences are far too lenient in my opinion.

Is it likely that an admitted drug addict who stole to buy drugs will be in any position to repay the 17K?  It is no wonder why the drug problem continues to grow with meager sentences and punishments like this.



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