Hampton woman gets prison for embezzlement
RIDGELAND – A former employee of a group of local car dealerships was sentenced to two years in prison on Thursday, February 13 for embezzling more than $130,000 over a three-year period.
Jessica Goodman, 33, of Garnett, pleaded guilty to one count of breach of trust over $10,000. Judge Carmen Mullen sentenced her to the prison time to be followed by five years of probation and the repayment of $133,064.
Goodman, who worked in the accounting department of the New River Auto Mall, stole the money between October 2009 and October 2012. The money was traced to her bank account at Wells Fargo in Bluffton.
“I hope this serves as a warning that prison is a real possibility for those who steal from their employers and others,” said assistant solicitor Francine Norz, who prosecuted the case.
The lead investigator on the case was Jeff Crosby of the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.