Couple to serve time after wife’s theft from employer
by Sarah Westwood
May 22, 2014 04:00 AM | 4388 views | 5 5 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Angela Lynn Williamson
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Scott Brian Williamson
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MARIETTA — A Marietta couple will spend time in jail after being sentenced in an embezzlement case that netted $1.3 million.

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.

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Tony Cain
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May 22, 2014
"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."

She stole $135,000 from a previous employer and $1.3 million from her current employer who emptied her children's college funds and her retirement savings to keep the business afloat and Williamson gets first offender status (this is at least her 2nd offence for the same crime) and this will not appear on her record?
poppy8899
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May 23, 2014
In 1999, Angela Williamson pleaded guilty to stealing $135,000 from a previous employer, Cardiovascular Medicine. She was granted first offender treatment in that case.

Tony Cain
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May 22, 2014
Why is the woman smiling? Aren't these mug shots?
O Be Joyful
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May 22, 2014
Just why does her husband have to serve time? Isn't he entitled to first offender status also like she was?
pop88997
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May 23, 2014
“She stole it and he helped spend it,” John Melvin, deputy chief assistant district attorney, told jurors.
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