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.