Home health care worker testifies that she stole money, jewelry from patient.

August 14, 2017

Ashley Smith with her attorney, Terry Shaw.

Home health care worker testifies that she stole money, jewelry from patient.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 30-year-old Hart woman pleaded guilty in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Aug. 14, to larceny in a building, testifying that she stole coins and jewelry valued at over $3,000 from a woman she was caring for as a home health care worker.

Ashley Ann Smith, of 207 E. Jefferson St., testified that she committed the crime last May in Hart Township.

Smith’s case will be placed on a 10-month deferral, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. If she successfully completes the terms of the deferral, then she can withdraw her plea to the felony and plead to a misdemeanor of larceny $200-$1,000. Smith will be on a supervised deferral and must pay the full amount of her $3,135 in restitution within the 10-month time frame.

Smith testified before Judge Robert D. Springstead that she cashed in the coins at a bank and then sold the jewelry at a pawn shop.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

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