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Posted on Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 10:28 a.m.

Plea deal could be in the works for woman accused of embezzling $250,000

By John Counts

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Janice Lee Molden

A plea deal may be in the works for the Lima Township woman accused of embezzling $250,000 from A2 Auto Glass last year.

Janice Lee Molden, 45, appeared before Judge Archie Brown in the Washtenaw County Trial Court very briefly Wednesday. After a bench conference with the judge and prosecutor, Molden's attorney, Assistant Washtenaw County Public Defender Laura Dudley, hinted at a plea deal before asking to set a trial date.

"We will probably come to a resolution sooner," Dudley said.

Still, a final pretrial date of Jan. 12, 2013 and a trial date of Jan. 28, 2013 were scheduled.

On May 7, 2011, Molden was charged with embezzling $100,000 or more, embezzling $25,000 or more, embezzling more than $999 but less than $20,000 and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Molden is accused of embezzling the money from the auto glass company where she worked as a bookkeeper in Scio Township over a period of three-and-a-half years.

She remains free on a personal recognizance bond.

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Fri, Sep 7, 2012 : 11:34 a.m.

The best solution would be to see if she filed income taxes on all that extra money she (earned from stealing) and let the IRS del with her. It's obvious that our justice system is only going to give her a slap on the hand and tell her not to do it again like the previous cases.


Fri, Sep 7, 2012 : 12:31 p.m.

That will be the next shoe to drop - the IRS monitors crimes and will be sending her a tax due letter shortly


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 11:04 p.m.

I wonder what the sentence would have been if she wasn't a white, middle-class woman.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 9:28 p.m.

Yep, this sounds brilliant!! Who is going to hire her? Her plea deal will probably be something along the lines of agreeing to pay back the $250K--$1,000 per year over the next 250 years


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 7:21 p.m.

What kind of deal would they need from her? Business as usual in the courts system.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 5:28 p.m.

Plea? Really.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 5:22 p.m.

"Hang a thief when he's young, and he'll no steal when he's auld." — Robert MacQueen, Lord Braxfield, Lord Justice of Scotland, 1776 - 1799


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 3:21 p.m.

Let's see....nice white-collar crime.....I'm going to go with anywhere between 3-10 years probation......restitution to pay back what she owes....."minor" fines. Get angry about it all you want......she doesn't need to be in jail when she will be owing so much in restitution. She needs to be out and working so she can pay that back. Jail isn't punishment kiddies....jail is to keep dangerous people away from the rest of us "law abiding citizens"...or at least that how jail is SUPPOSED to be used...

music to my ear

Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 4:51 p.m.

and that is what will happen just watch this story as it unfolds she ll get probation will only haveing to pay back a little more than she took (supposely) like 5 years probation but she will have a felony the rest of her life. its what happened to an ex boss of mine who embezzled.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

Is taking money from the "RICH" a crime? Remember, the owner needed help to make his business work-our roads, our taxes etc!


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

Why a plea deal? The justice system is totally screwed up.


Thu, Sep 6, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

Saves the taxpayers money that would be spent by going to trial.