Former Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing from Local Pizza Place

CLEAFIELD – A former employee of a local pizza place pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing money from the business.

Laurajean Nichole Hill, 26, Clearfield, was originally charged with 75 counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

During sentencing court Tuesday, she pleaded guilty to two counts of theft by unlawful taking. President Judge Fredric J. Ammerman sentenced her to 10 days to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation.

As part of her plea agreement, she paid more than $3,500 in restitution prior to sentencing. If she had not paid this amount, she would have been given a 90-day jail sentence.

The charges stem from incidents beginning March 1, 2016 and ending July 1, 2016 while she worked as a waitress at Buck’s Pizza in Clearfield.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, the manager noticed discrepancies in her daily deposits.

After investigating, the manager discovered that when Hill was given cash from a customer, she would process the sale with an employee discount or refund. She would then pocket the difference.

When she was confronted, Hill admitted to the illegal transactions.

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