Blevins guilty of embezzling $1 million from employer

CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – A Moorefield Township woman was found guilty Friday of embezzling more than a million dollars from her Springfield employer.

Lisa Blevins, 55, was found guilty of two felony theft charges and ten counts of forgery.

The crimes happened over a span of a decade.

Blevins chose to have a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

Judge William McCracken presided over the case.

“The court has reviewed and considered all stipulations and considered all relevant testimonies and evidence of direct and circumstantial and the court finds without beyond a reasonable doubt that Lisa Blevins is guilty of theft felony of the first degree,” said Judge William McCracken.

Blevins was the bookkeeper at Kreider Corporation when she stole more than a million dollars by forging the signature of the general manager.

The trial lasted much long than anticipated and prosecutors say they even ran into roadblocks while presenting their case.

“As the court sat through five weeks of trial, court was aware that the state was able to track money and where it went. Obviously, the state was unable to track where every single penny went and we do not know where all of the money is and whether the defendant has access to additional money,” said Amy Smith, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney.

Blevins allegedly used the funds for purchases at stores like Kohl’s and Macy’s to pay off her own credit cards or the one she opened for her daughter, and to buy her son a car.

Kreider Corporation is a metal stamping company with assembly, welding, tool making, product and tool design capabilities for the automotive and other industries.

“There were a number of Kreider employees who were present today and they also expressed their and their happiness that justice has been served,” said Smith.

While Blevins admitted to some indiscretions to her employer, her lawyers say she never admitted to forgery.

Blevins is scheduled to be sentenced March 17.

 

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