PENSACOLA, Fla. – A Florida woman has been sentenced to a decade in state prison for embezzling $60,000 from her employer.
Part of the reason for the lengthy sentence is because at the time of her crimes, she was on probation for stealing funds from a previous employer.
Linda Lee Hanford, 52, of Pensacola pleaded no contest to organized fraud and violation of probation.
From 2015 to 2017, Hanford was employed at Lender Services Inc. as the manager of an online sales division, according to a news release from the State Attorney’s Office. During her tenure, Hanford diverted sales proceeds to an off-the-books bank account and then diverted the funds from there to her own personal account.
While investigating those thefts, deputies discovered Hanford was on supervised probation during the time she allegedly stole the money, and as a condition of her probation, she was not to hold a job where she would be receiving or paying funds.
Those conditions stemmed from a 2005 offense where Hanford was arrested for stealing from a previous employer, Ian Conrad Bergan. Court records indicate that in 2006, Hanford pleaded no contest to grand theft over $20,000 but less than $100,000.
Hanford was sentenced to one year of community control, followed by 14 years of probation, according to court records. She was ordered to pay $24,000 in restitution, and court records indicate she had paid back around half of the money by the time the new charges broke.
Her probation was scheduled to terminate in March 2021, but it has instead been revoked due to the new charges.
When investigators initially contacted Hanford about the thefts from Lender Services, she reportedly sent “several rambling text messages” to her boss “begging his forgiveness, blaming her actions on jealousy and depression, and stating she was undergoing treatment for a severe compulsive disorder.”
Friday, Judge Jennie Kinsey sentenced Hanford to 10 years in state prison.
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