Snook's embezzler must pay back nearly $100,000 PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:09
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Amanda Ter Doest, left, of Toledo looks on while being sentenced at the Wood County Courthouse January 9, 2013 in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
According to the prosecution, Amanda Ter Doest embezzled herself out of a job and into a felony conviction.
Ter Doest, 32, of Toledo, was ordered to serve 60 days in jail and repay nearly $100,000 she pilfered over a five-year period from her former employer Snook's Dream Cars in Bowling Green.
Judge Robert Pollex granted her a two-week stay to allow her to get things in order before going to jail. He also allowed for her to enter into the work-release program while in custody to allow her to maintain employment and to pay restitution.
Aaron Lindsey, an assistant Wood County prosecuting attorney, told the judge, "She essentially embezzled herself out of her job because Mr. Snook did not have the funds to pay her and laid her off."
Her crimes were discovered after her employment was terminated from the museum and service center for classic cars.
Lindsey characterized her actions as occurring "day-in and day-out" over a five-year period resulting in an "extreme" violation of the "broad discretion and trust" provided her along with her $40,000 salary.
The victim in the case, Jeff Snook, also addressed the judge. 
"For 10 years this woman was like a family member who was trusted fully by myself and my father," Snook said. "We trusted her with both personal and business affairs and she lied to us for five years."
Snook also noted not only the hurt caused to the family and business finances through her betrayal, but also the harm she has caused the community.
"That trust can never be repaid," he added.
Lindsey said, "She lived beyond her means. Now Mr. Snook will have to live below his means."
The exact figure for restitution is $99,395. After the defense asked for a minimum monthly payment of $500, the judge concurred and ordered that figure as the minimum due.
"I'm not happy," Snook said following the sentencing noting the lengthy time it will take for repayment at that rate. Doing the math, it will take her nearly 17 years with just making minimum payments.
When given her chance to address the court, she looked straight ahead addressing the judge and not the victim, Snook.
"I apologize for everything. I take full responsibility and will work hard to get everything paid back," she said.
Pollex noted the significant loss to the victim because of her "greed" in violating the trust placed with her. He also said such crimes affect the entire community.
He said it would seem like such a loss would warrant a prison sentence, however he does not have the option according to the new sentencing laws.
"There has to be some punishment beyond just the repayment," the judge said in ordering the 60 days in jail with work release. He also ordered her to participate in the county's Moral Reconation Therapy program.
The judge said he also reserves 18 months in prison on her two fourth-degree felony charges of grand theft and 12 months on a fifth-degree theft offense.
So she has four years in prison hanging over her head if she violates the conditions of five years of community control sanctions. Those sanctions include the monthly restitution payments.
Ter Doest pleaded guilty to the three felonies on Sept. 25. At that time Lindsey indicated she had used credit cards and other funds from the business for her personal use from January 2007 through January 2012.
Her attorney Mark Davis told the judge that his client was a "hard-working person and not someone who just sits at home."
He called her crime a "misappropriation of the credit card which she had permission to use." He described the crime, which he initially called "an error" before correcting himself, as "a little less severe than many other embezzlement cases."
Last Updated on Thursday, 10 January 2013 11:35
 

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