Cafeteria thief to pay back $50,000
The 39-year-old McMinnville woman pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree theft, a Class A misdemeanor. In exchange, five others were dismissed under terms of a plea bargain her court-appointed attorney, Abraham Hanson of McMinnville, negotiated with the district attorney’s office.
Judge Ronald Stone sentenced Rubio to 60 months probation, during which time she must repay the hospital $50,000. Failure to do so during that period of time could result in her receiving a jail sentence.
He scheduled the first in a series of restitution hearings, aimed at establishing and then monitoring a repayment schedule, for 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 25. He waived all fines and legal fees because he wants all money she can acquire to go toward restitution.
Hanson told the court she had been fired by the hospital job, but is currently working two jobs in an attempt to make amends.
In the course of an audit, officials discovered irregularities in how cash was being received and recorded at the cafeteria, according to hospital spokesperson Dan Hinmon. He said that information was forwarded to the police.
Deputy District Attorney Ladd Wiles’ investigation by police turned up evidence of a “long-term pattern of theft,” broken only by a leave of absence Rubio took. Hinmon said steps had been taken to substantially reduce the risk of anything similar happening again.
The four counts that Rubio pleaded guilty to covered a period of time from December 1, 2010 to July 31, 2011. An attempt was made to reach a civil compromise, but the talks foundered.
“She has never denied the facts of this case,” Hanson said. “She sees the advantage of this agreement.”
He said she was committed to meeting repayment requirements in full. “She knows it is important that she follows through,” he said.
Rubio chose not to address the court.