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Sutton woman pleads guilty to embezzling $75,000 from employer, but avoids jail time


WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A Sutton woman has pleaded guilty to embezzling $75,000 from her former employer just as her trial was about to start.

Prosecutors say 42-year-old Kathleen Coles pleaded guilty Monday in Worcester Superior Court to larceny over $250, forgery and uttering. Jury selection was scheduled to start Monday.

Coles, who once worked as a bookkeeper for Albright Technologies of Leominster, received a two-year suspended sentence and five years of probation. She was also ordered to pay restitution of $30,000, $10,000 of which she paid Monday.

The Sentinel & Enterprise ( ) reports that Coles was arrested in March 2013, and some of the embezzlement was via unauthorized use of a company credit card.

Information from: Sentinel & Enterprise (Fitchburg, Massachusetts),

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