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Ex-legal secretary admits estate thefts

Published: Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 9:45 PM
Updated: Monday, June 29, 2015 @ 9:45 PM
By: Breaking News Staff

A former legal secretary who admitted to stealing from estates could be sentenced to nearly three years in prison.

Lynette Foureman is to be sentenced Aug. 17 after pleading guilty Monday in Darke County Common Pleas Court to two counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony theft. She remains free on bond.

The first count accuses her of taking more than $107,900 from the estate of Arthur Schaub between 2010 and 2014. The second count accuses her of taking more than $24,500 from the estate of Ruth Schaub during that same time period.

The third count stems from a separate indictment accusing her of stealing $2,000 from the estate of Helen Meyer in 2014.

A charge of attempted aggravated theft was dismissed as part of a plea agreement with the prosecutor’s office.

County Prosecutor R. Kelly Ormsby recommended a 24-month prison sentence.

The grand theft counts carry a maximum of 18 months in prison. The theft charge carries a maximum of 12 months. Foureman also could be ordered to serve up to three years of post-release control.