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Woman gets 8 years for stealing $1.7M from employer

Lisa Blevins was sentenced to eight years in prison and must pay the full restitution of more than $1.7 million she embezzled from a Springfield company.

More than 20 workers from Kreider Corp. were present in the courtroom during Monday morning's sentencing hearing.

The Moorefield Twp. woman stole the money over a more than 10-year period.

Blevins, 55, was found guilty on Feb. 21 of two counts of felony theft and 10 counts of forgery by visiting Judge William McCracken. Blevins chose to have a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

Prosecutor Andy Wilson said it was the largest such case in county history in terms of money, length and logistics. The judge listened to 21 days of testimony, and prosecutors presented more than 7,000 pages of documents showing how Blevins stole $1,768,287.93 from her employer, Kreider Corporation, over the past decade.

She used the money to renovate her house, buy clothes and cars, and pay off her credit cards and the debt of her children.

During the trial, Clark County prosecutors said their investigation indicated Blevins stole the money by forging 1,059 checks. She would manually enter the checks into the company's system to match a legitimate business. However, the amounts were not paid to those companies, but to herself or one of her accounts.

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