RAVENNA -- An Akron man who stole more than $185,000 from his former employer, an Aurora company, between December 2014 and March 2016 was ordered last week to serve jail time and pay back the entire amount.
Shaun M. Piper, 36, was sentenced in Portage County Common Pleas Court, where Judge Laurie Pittman ordered him to serve 100 days in the Portage County Jail starting May 1.
He will have work release privileges during that time, must spend up to four years on probation and pay $509 in fines and court costs.
Pittman gave Piper 40 months to pay back the $185,300 he stole from Technical Consumer Products Inc., a company that manufactures energy efficient lighting. Indicted in July on three third-degree felonies, he pleaded guilty in January to aggravated theft and tampering with records.
If Piper fails to pay back the money or violates any other terms of his probation, "you will do six years in prison," Pittman warned him.
Attorney Tim Hart said his client "admitted the wrong that he did," a sentiment echoed by Piper. "I accept full responsibility for what I did," he told Pittman.
According to his indictment, which was based on a Portage County prosecutor's office investigation, Piper stole the money from TCP, located on Campus Drive in Aurora, between Dec. 1, 2014, and March 1, 2016.
Aurora Police Chief Brian Byard said his department received the initial report, and turned the case over the prosecutor's office for further investigation and consideration of charges.
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