ROGERS CITY - A 42-year-old man convicted of embezzling more than $20,000 from an Onaway auto parts store will spend six months in jail after being sentenced this week.
John Edward Shaloy of Onaway was convicted in September on two felony counts, one for embezzlement by a trustee or agent of more than $20,000 but less than $50,000, and another for using a computer to commit a crime, Presque Isle Prosecutor Rick Steiger said. For these 10-year felonies, he'll spend six months in jail and 18 months on probation. Three months of his jail term are held in abeyance, on the condition that he make payments toward the $22,885 he owes in restitution.
"My statement to the court was, we have an employer that was paying over $35,000 a year, Blue Cross Blue Shield (health insurance), contributing towards retirement and providing paid time off in Onaway, and to steal from them is reprehensible," Steiger said.
Shaloy was convicted of entering bogus returns into store computers at the Carquest Auto Parts in Onaway, where he worked as a manager, Steiger said in September. From 2010 to May 31, 2012, he entered around $10,000 in paint returned for cash, despite the store having only sold $2,000 in paint, and entered $12,000 in cash returns for wheel bearings the store didn't stock.
Two other employees testified they never returned paint for cash, but would exchange it for the correct color instead. The returns had been entered in their names, sometimes on the managers office computer.
The money wasn't found during the investigation, but the cash had been taken from the store, Steiger said. Store owners realized what was happening when a register came up $122 short on May 31, 2012.
While Steiger said he respects Pavlich's decision on the sentence, he would've liked to see more jail time. Sentencing guidelines called for up to one year in jail.
Mike Hackett, Shaloy's attorney, couldn't be reached to comment on the sentencing, but had said in the past that Shaloy maintained his innocence. Hackett questioned whether the store records were accurate, and also pointed out the jury asked Presque Isle Circuit Court Judge Scott Pavlich to be lenient in sentencing Shaloy by writing their request on the verdict form.
"We think it was a close verdict," he said in September. "It wasn't one of those situations where the jury listens to the facts, walk into jury room, vote and everyone agrees immediately one way or another."