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Former Vet Employee Sentenced for Theft Charges

Trisha McLaughlin, 38, a former practice manager of the Newtown Veterinary Hospital, was sentenced to 7 ½ years of probation. She pleaded no contest to theft charges.

The Warminster woman who was charged with stealing thousands from the Newtown Veterinary Hospital was sentenced Monday, according to a Courier Times report.

Trisha McLaughlin, 38, a former practice manager of the Newtown Veterinary Hospital, was sentenced to 7 ½ years of probation. McLaughlin, who pleaded no contest in Bucks County Court, must also pay $70,000 restitution and do 50 hours of community service, the Courier Times reported.

McLaughlin initially faced charges of taking more than $350,000 from the business over the course of her 10 years of employment with the company. However, Judge Nasshorn in May reduced the amount of the alleged theft to “$2,000 or more” instead of the $355,790 the veterinary hospital says she took.

The Bucks County District Attorney could only show a loss of as much as $50,000.

According to police, McLaughlin, 38, of Warminster, forged checks, abused company credit cards and overpayed herself on payroll as an employee. McLaughlin worked at the local veterinary hospital from 2001 to 2011 after she was fired for misappropriation of funds, police said.

 

stating the facts September 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Hmm, crime does pay! Let's see $350,000 - 70,000 = $280,00 of PROFIT ! ...and make sure ya don't do it again for 7 1/2 hrs probation! Not a bad gig! The puke should have beed jailed and the key lost!
Dori McCrane September 18, 2013 at 09:06 AM
I too am wondering how the DA could only find a loss of 70K. Something doesn't seem right. Was a Forensic Accountant brought in to examine the books? I honestly don't know how this woman slept at night.
onewe September 22, 2013 at 08:54 AM
When I graduated Temple I was told that in your lifetime as an accountant you would probably only see one to two monetary crimes in your lifetime. Within five years I discovered three. That was over 50 years ago, and it still goes on. Businesses just want to skimp on audits and division of duties , and the end result is theft. Hey, business owners, check the cash going in and out every once in a while, or you deserve to have this happen to you. Marty Mikelberg

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