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Jury Finds Long-time Employee Guilty of Theft from Breckenridge Main Street Retailer

GINA CAROL SHIRLEYBRECKENRIDGE, COLO. – Gina Shirley, 51, of Fairplay, Colorado, was found guilty yesterday after a jury trial of Theft, a class six felony by stealing an amount between $2,000-$5,000, during several cash register thefts in early 2017, from the Breckenridge Main Street retail store where she been employed as a manager and buyer. The thefts were only discovered when the store owner installed an extensive video surveillance system.

The jury viewed surveillance video and heard from an expert in forensic accounting. Defendant Shirley’s scheme included opening the cash register during sales transactions but not properly processing transactions nor giving receipts for cash exchanges.

The case was heard before Senior Judge Stephen Munsinger, and sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26, at 9am. Shirley faces eighteen months in prison based upon the finding of guilt.
Defendant remains on bond of $5,000 pending sentencing.

“Owners and supervisors need to be vigilant in detecting fraud and have regular systems in place to monitor accounts. It goes without saying that it is shocking that here a ten-year employee who had worked her way up to store manager, would take advantage of an employer like this,” said Bruce Brown, 5th Judicial District Attorney. “We will be seeking a sentence that requires the defendant to pay back the amounts stolen and give back to a community that she has harmed by reducing a collective level of trust that can never be easily recovered,” he added.

According to Fortune magazine, employee theft accounts for 43% of lost revenue nationally, or $18 billion. (See http://fortune.com/2015/01/26/us-retail-worker-theft/)

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