Greensburg woman withdraws plea in theft case
A Greensburg woman withdrew a no contest plea on Tuesday and will head to trial on accusations that she embezzled more than $103,000 from her former employer.
Lynne F. Rain, 64, was scheduled for sentencing Tuesday before Judge John Blahovec when her attorney requested to withdraw the plea.
She is charged with two counts of theft.
Rain “vehemently” denies the charges and would not be able to repay the amount allegedly taken from All Star Therapies and All Serve Therapies in Penn Township, Blahovec said.
Rain has also said she doesn't want to go to jail, according to the judge.
If she enters a plea or is found guilty of the charge, “I'd put her in jail because the guidelines say so,” Blahovec said.
Rain pleaded no contest in October. Such a plea is not an admission of guilt but it is treated as such for purposes of sentencing.
Police allege that Rain made improper payments to herself while working as a receptionist and bookkeeper for the companies,
Rain is accused of stealing more than $76,000 by paying herself twice through direct deposits and direct-payment checks. In addition, she is accused of writing unauthorized company checks to herself for nearly $27,000.
The thefts allegedly occurred during a four-year period that ended in 2009.
Company officials have said Rain was fired in 2009 for insubordination, and financial irregularities were discovered afterward. They have asked that she be sentenced to a prison term.
Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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