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Woman admits stealing large sum of money from former employer

A Carbon County woman admitted on Thursday in the county court to stealing a large sum of money from her former employer.

Lisa Ann Fritz, 36, of Lehighton, appeared before Judge Steven R. Serfass to plea to one count of theft, a misdemeanor 1. In exchange for the plea the district attorney’s office dropped felony 3 counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

Lehighton police were called to Dunbar Beverages on June 11, 2018, for a report of theft by an employee. The owner said that Fritz had made fraudulent transactions over a period of time to take cash from the business.

An audit was conducted, and it was determined that over $13,000 was taken.

Fritz told the court that her husband had been injured and was out of work for a long period of time and she took the money to keep the family going.

She told the court, “I’m sorry for what I did. If I could, I would take it back in a heartbeat.”

Serfass placed her on probation for 30 months and ordered her to make restitution of $13,395.06, supply a DNA sample, render 100 hours of community service, pay court costs of about $1,000 and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation.