Mishler sentenced to jail time, restitution in Acute Medical thefts
A Tippecanoe County woman has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to pay $116,853 in restitution for stealing from a local medical practice.
Melinda D. Mishler, 50, Romney, appeared in Putnam Circuit Court Thursday morning, changing her plea to guilty to Class C felony theft.
Mishler was arrested in March 2012 for stealing $126,128.15 from Acute Medical Care in Greencastle. She was employed as the office manager of the practice owned by Dr. Thomas Black.
The thefts took place between 2008 and 2011.
Special Judge Blaine Akers accepted the plea agreement, which sentenced Mishler to eight years in the Indiana Department of Correction, six months of which are to be served in the Putnam County Jail.
Under the terms of the agreement, Mishler was also ordered to pay restitution for the crimes. In addition to the $10,000 paid on Thursday, her $10,000 cash bond was applied to the total amount.
This leaves more than $96,000, to be paid in monthly installments of $1,074.
After the six months in jail, Mishler is to spend the next 7 1/2 years on probation. However, if any payments are missed, the remainder of the sentence is to be spent incarcerated.
Mishler told the court she spent the money on an online gambling addiction.
Additionally, she said she attempted suicide when the thefts were discovered.
Mishler reported to the Putnam County Jail on Thursday afternoon to begin serving her sentence.