A woman convicted of stealing from her Mason employer has been convicted of the same crime — for the third time.
Kimball Perry reports:
Marci Wheeler was suspicious.
She had noticed two different companies billing Dominion Liquid Technologies, the Fairfax company where she is controller, for the product that keeps the syrups and other liquids the company makes from foaming up.
That curiosity culminated Monday when former Dominion employee Cathleen Schmid was sent to prison for two years by Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz Jr. for stealing $214,717 from the company. Dominion is the third employer from which Schmid was convicted of stealing, but Tuesday’s hearing marked the first time she’ll go to prison for it.
“I noticed two things that happened at the exact same time,” Wheeler said after Schmid, 47, of West Chester was sentenced. Schmid was the company’s purchasing and human relations manager and was making $65,000 annually.
In addition to seeing two different companies billing Dominion for the same product at the same time Wheeler noticed that a new vendor had billed the company $3,000 for four drums of cleaning products, which was an unusually high cost.
Wheeler’s sleuthing revealed the new vendor was fictitious, contrived by Schmid to help cover her theft from the small company that makes and bottles coffees and syrups.
Schmid blamed some unnamed malady for continuing to steal from her employers and asked for help instead of prison time.
“I know ‘I’m sorry’ is not nearly enough,” she told the judge.
“I understand that I need to be punished for what I did.
“I want to get some kind of theft treatment program. I don’t intentionally hurt people. I need to know why I do this.”
That brought a quick response from Assistant Prosecutor Bill Anderson.
“She is compelled to steal,” Anderson said. “(Dominion) employees were not able to receive raises and things of that nature” due to Schmid’s theft.