Restitution hearing reveals that woman stole more than $45K from Lufkin business

Restitution hearing reveals that woman stole more than $45K from Lufkin business

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - During a restitution hearing for the 38-year-old Lufkin woman who accepted a plea bargain deal of five years of deferred adjudication for a felony theft charge, it was revealed that she stole more than $45,000 while she worked for Triple A Trophy.

Shandi Franklin Ibarra's restitution hearing was held in Judge Paul White's 159th Judicial District courtroom Tuesday. Evidence presented during the hearing showed that the theft came mainly through credit card charges on the company's account.

Jenny Horton, the owner of Triple A Trophy said she received document that showed embezzlement occurred as well. She testified that the total of $45,350.25 does not include missing cash, the time and expense associated with the audit, or loans that were taken out because of the loss of money.

If it was included, it could be several thousand dollars more, Horton said.

When Ibarra took the stand, she said she did try to pay some of the money back, so the number should be less.

White allowed Angelina County District Attorney Art Bauereiss to have the rest of the day to look over the documents. The restitution hearing is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 28.

As part of the plea bargain deal, Ibarra pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony theft between $20,000 and $100,000. As part of the plea bargain deal, Ibarra will be required to pay restitution.

Angelina County District Attorney Art Bauereiss said his office is not opposed to having her supervision dropped if she can pay it early. White said he would consider it, but because Ibarra is on prescription drugs, he wants to see if she can stay clean.

Bauereiss said after the plea bargain hearing that Ibarra was stealing from Triple A Trophy when she was working there.

Ibarra was booked into the Angelina County Jail back on July 14 after a grand jury indicted her on the charge. She was originally charged with third-degree felony theft of service between $20,000 and $100,000.

She was released from the jail later on July 14 after she posted a bail amount of $15,000.

According to the text of the grand jury indictment, which was filed on July 5, Ibarra is accused of stealing between $20,000 and $100,000 in services from the victim in the period from January 1 to November 30, 2015 by "acquiring or otherwise exerting control over property, to wit, funds from a financial institution."

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