Angela Lynn Williamson, 45, and Scott Brian Williamson, 47, were convicted of racketeering charges earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Angela Williamson received a 40-year sentence, with 15 years to be spent in custody and the rest on probation, while her husband, Scott Brian Williamson, received a 40-year sentence with 2 years to serve in custody and the rest on probation, according to the Cobb district attorney’s office.
Angela Williamson began working for ICM, a Marietta-based stone importer, in 2000, serving as the office manager, according to Kim Isaza, spokeswoman for the district attorney.
After taking on responsibility for the company’s bookkeeping and accounting, Angela Williamson changed the company’s bank account passwords without informing her employers.
Karen Geiger, the company’s CEO, testified she discovered a discrepancy in May 2011 when Angela Williamson was out of town and Geiger opened bank statements.
According to the district attorney’s office, Angela Williamson had been writing herself personal checks and paying her bills with ICM funds for years, and concealing the payments in the company’s books.
“I’m still in shock,” Geiger said at Tuesday’s sentencing hearing, testifying Angela had been a trusted employee.
Geiger also testified that although she had liquidated her children’s college funds and her own retirement savings to keep the business alive, Angela had continued to funnel money from the company each week.
John Melvin, an assistant district attorney who prosecuted the case, said the Williamsons lived far beyond their means thanks to the theft.
“Together, the two averaged $80,000 per year in legitimate income, yet they bought three homes, two boats, four cars and had a personal chef,” Melvin said.
“They enjoyed a lifestyle they could not afford but for the thefts. With this sentence, Judge (Rueben) Green sends a clear message to the community that crime doesn’t pay in Cobb County,” Melvin said.
Angela Williamson pleaded guilty to stealing $135,000 from a previous employer in 1999.
She was granted First Offender treatment, and her conviction will not be revealed on any future background checks.