A 19-year-old Germantown woman was ordered yesterday to serve 18 months in the Montgomery County jail for stealing more than $80,000 from two employers.
Heather Dawn Sumrell apologized for the thefts, but Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Ann S. Harrington told Sumrell that she didn't believe she was truly sorry. Harrington, noting that one of the small businesses had to lay off four employees because of the financial loss, said Sumrell showed a "disturbing" lack of morality and an "astounding" ability to con people, especially for someone relatively young.
Harrington sentenced Sumrell to 30 years in prison for the eight counts of theft and forging checks and suspended all but 18 months, the maximum permitted under a plea agreement. Sumrell, now a Web page designer, also was ordered to reimburse her employers.
Assistant Montgomery County State's Attorney Michael Banks argued that Sumrell had stolen from small companies after she had been charged as a juvenile with credit card fraud. Sumrell was charged with stealing the money by forging checks to herself and taking out credit cards in her employers' names, according to court documents.
Sumrell's attorney, Justin McInerney, asked for home detention, saying Sumrell was young and immature and hadn't before appreciated the gravity of what she was doing.
Sumrell still faces charges that she sold computers via the Internet but never delivered them, Banks said.