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$800,000 Theft Buys Prison Time for Ex-Office Manager

Sharron Yvonne Rice admitting she stole the money from her Marietta employer.

Sharron Yvonne Rice. Credit: Cobb County jail
Sharron Yvonne Rice. Credit: Cobb County jail
Staff Report

According to Cobb District Attorney Vic Reynolds, a former office manager will go to prison after admitting she stole more than $800,000 from her Marietta employer.

Sharron Yvonne Rice, 45, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to three counts of violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Deputy Chief ADA John Melvin told the court that between 2005 and 2012, Rice had issued more than 800 company checks to fake vendors, forging her boss’ signature on them. The checks were deposited into accounts of shell companies.

Cobb Superior Court Judge Reuben M. Green sentenced Ms. Rice to 30 years, with eight years to serve in custody, and ordered her to pay $803,000 in restitution.

“This is a case of a trusted employee damaging a small business almost to the point of no return,” Melvin said. “The victim is still dealing with the havoc she caused, and I am thankful Judge Green saw fit to send Ms. Rice to prison. Thieves should beware in Cobb County.”

Marietta attorney Melvin Nash represented Rice, who has been in custody at the Cobb jail since September 2013.

A codefendant, Robert Whaley, is scheduled for trial on Monday, July 7.

Octo Slash July 01, 2014 at 08:23 AM
Evidently to make YOU mad.
Brent Seeger July 01, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Octo makes some sensible comments then spins out and becomes a liberal loony tune. Thanks Octo. Now go take up the charge for more Snap Card weasels.
Brent Seeger July 01, 2014 at 08:29 AM
PS Octo, I could really care less what this crazy web page reports, doesn't report, or even if it stays in business another week. My point is simply if we are going to write a story about a business being ripped off to the tune of 800k wouldn't it be reasonable to include the name of the business? I mean like that's not a key part of the story of a pilfering ex office manager? In the end we have a woman thats going to do a heap of time and a president who is the biggest criminal the country has ever known eating 90/lb beef at the White House. We have bigger issues all the way round.
Frank Jones July 01, 2014 at 09:23 AM
Brent, the office manager and President Obama have nothing in common...She's a criminal and but he's not. George W. Bush is the biggest criminal in US presidential history or have you forgotten the Iraq war, the Total Information Awareness program, warrant-less wiretaps, Dick Chaney's secret file cabinet, blanket Executive-Privilege/Secrecy, and much more? Oh, I forgot, any Democrat is a criminal while any Republican is a "patriot". Pointlessly trying to attach Obama to any and every story is, well...pointless.
Brent Seeger July 01, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Frank you are clueless. The office manager is a criminal and so is Obama. There is just one similarity. You can defend a communist all you like but you true colors are out now. Frank is a liberal communist.

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