Shoemaker pleads

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sheila Shoemaker

GREENCASTLE -- A former teller for a local bank has pled guilty to felony theft.

Sheila Shoemaker, 39, is accused of embezzling more than $87,000 from First Financial Bank in Greencastle, where she was the head teller.

Six counts of Class D felony theft were filed against Shoemaker on Oct. 22. She was in Putnam County Circuit Court the same day for an initial hearing, where she entered preliminary not guilty pleas to all charges. Her bond was set at $20,000 with 10 percent allowed, and she posted the 10 percent and was released from jail on Oct. 25.

Shoemaker has now pled guilty to two of the counts against her. Judge Matthew Headley has taken a plea agreement, which dismisses the other four counts, under advisement and set Shoemaker's sentencing for March 10.

Class D felonies are punishable by a maximum of three years in prison.

Court records said Shoemaker had been stealing from First Financial since she began working there in 2005. She was charged with one county of theft for each year she worked at the bank.

In her position as head teller at First Financial, Shoemaker was charged with keeping track of and counting the money in the bank's vault. On the day of Shoemaker's arrest, an audit revealed that the vault at the bank was nearly $78,000 short. Shoemaker's cash drawer was over $9,000 short.

On the day of the audit, bank officials sent Shoemaker home. Before she left, Shoemaker told the officials the vault would not balance, court records said.

An affidavit of probable cause said Shoemaker confessed on the day of the audit that she had been taking money since the bank branch began operation in 2005. Shoemaker estimated the total of her thefts at $84,000, court documents said.

The affidavit said Shoemaker told police that at the beginning she would take small amounts of money -- $100 to $200 at a time. She said the most she ever took at one time was $2,500.

Shoemaker told police the last time she had stolen money from the bank was at the beginning of October, and that she had taken $1,000.

Court documents said Shoemaker told police she never bought any large items with the money she stole. She said she used it to purchase Christmas gifts and pay household bills.

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  • Shelia needs to get the max sentence she can get. I guess her better than you attitude don't fly any more. Way to go1! Im sure your really something to be proud of.

    -- Posted by comment1234 on Sun, Feb 20, 2011, at 1:50 PM
  • for one my name is spelled SHEILA, for two if you knew me at all you would know that i dont have a better than you attitude, that i would be the first one there if you or anyone else needed anything and i don't even know you, for three yes i am guilty, made a terrible mistake and hurt alot of people but everyone who knows me and that ive hurt still love me and are proud, definetly not for the money i stole but for the person, mother, daughter, sister, friend, and wife that i am. I have never in my life hurt anyone and am truly sorry for what i have done but if you think or feel that i need bashing from you or if it makes you feel better by all means go ahead, i will forgive you just like ive been forgiven by many. thanks

    -- Posted by sshoe71 on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 5:41 PM
  • Why did it go on for so long. That is what I don't understand-how can money be taken for so long-arent audits done often? I worked in finance-with doing field collections and bringing in cash and I never thought of ever stealing money from my employer-I do know audits were frequently done.I would work two jobs before stealing to help people. I have!

    -- Posted by peace2019 on Mon, Feb 21, 2011, at 8:29 PM
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