“We settled on a plea and she and her husband will be at least paying a little back,” says Lynette Hackworth, office manager for A2 Auto Glass based in Washtenaw County, Michigan. Oral and Janice Molden were sentenced to probation this month for allegedly embezzling from the automotive glass company. They have been ordered to pay a combined total of $189,881 in fines.
“We’re glad for it to be over,” says Hackworth. “It took way too long and it’s a shame this ever happened. It’s a very sad situation and cost the business a lot of money in attorneys’ fees. Our company is much healthier now and we’re glad to move on.”
The couple was accused of embezzling the money over a three-year period. Janice Molden was a bookkeeper for the company and Oral Molden did computer work there.
Janice Molden was sentenced to five years of probation and has been ordered to pay $166,440 in fines, according to a report. Her husband was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay $23,441 in fines.
Plea deals in the case were reached in October with the sentencing taking place this month.
Janice Molden pleaded no contest to one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of embezzling more than $999 but less than $20,000 and an additional count of using a computer to commit a crime. In exchange for the plea, the counts of embezzling $100,000 or more, embezzling $25,000 or more and two additional counts of using a computer to commit a crime were dismissed.
Oral Molden pleaded no contest to one count of maliciously using a telecommunications service. In exchange, the court dismissed one court of false pretenses of more than $20,000 and false pretenses between $999 and $20,000, making or permitting a false tax return.
Charges against the couple were first brought in 2011, with new counts filed in December 2012.
A2 Auto Glass has locations in Ann Arbor and Jackson Mich., as well as a mobile service.