WORTHINGTON ― Court proceedings concluded Monday afternoon for a former Radio Works employee accused in 2018 of misappropriating more than $186,000 in funds.
Charlene Long, 60, the former bookkeeper at Radio Works, was arrested in May 2018 after paying herself $186,747.22 in unauthorized wages over a period of six years. She was charged with eleven counts of felony theft. She pleaded guilty to the seventh count, and the other 10 charges were dismissed in the plea deal.
Before Long received her sentence Monday, Radio Works General Manager Chad Cummings made a statement to the court.
"This went on basically from Day One that we had hired (Long) and then continued to progress," he said. Between 2012 and 2017, records show that Long stole increasingly larger amounts of money.
"Personally, this was very real," Cummings added. "It affected everyone in our office."
He further explained that he himself had been helping Long in her personal life, at the same time that ― unbeknownst to him ― Long was stealing from his business.
Long received a sentence of 13 months in prison, with a stay of execution, meaning that if she successfully obeys the conditions of supervised probation for 10 years, she will not need to serve any additional jail time.
Radio Works has 30 days to file an affidavit of restitution if restitution is requested.