Crime

Granite Falls woman sentenced to at least 5 years for stealing from employer

A Granite Falls woman was sentenced to at least five years in prison this week for stealing $53,400 from her former employer, Discount Cars Inc. of Hickory.

Stacia Lynn Greene Harvey, 42, pleaded guilty in Catawba County Superior Court to larceny by employee and being a habitual felon.

Harvey stole the money from January to July 2014. Harvey’s bosses provided video surveillance to Hickory police that shows her stealing cash, prosecutors said.

Harvey posted cash payments made by customers as credit card payments although the customers had paid with cash. Harvey also used another employee’s code to access accounts.

Discount Cars was reimbursed $25,000 from insurance, and a judge this week ordered Harvey to repay the remainder, about $28,420, to her former employer.

Harvey had previous felony convictions in Catawba and Rockingham counties for obtaining property by false pretense and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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