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A sentence including heavy restitution has been handed down to an Elmore City woman accused of embezzling thousands of dollars over several years from a Lindsay business.

It happened last week for Ilene Dian Cain, 49.

Cain is accused of using a company credit card to embezzle nearly $85,000 over a five-year period as an employee of Venture Pipe and Supply in Lindsay.

From 2015 to 2020, Cain used the stolen money to purchase a variety of goods and services.

Among them were hotel stays in several states, including vacation trips and casino fees in Las Vegas, the costs of a national college recruiting company, a youth football camp in Iowa and University of Oklahoma football tickets.

Others included medical marijuana, makeup, golf cart rentals, furniture delivered to her home on at least two occasions, airline tickets, various restaurants, and utilities such as TV and of internet.

After pleading no contest at a hearing on March 29, Cain was given a seven-year suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay his former employer $33,600 in monthly installments of $400.

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A seven-year suspended sentence was also recently handed down to an Elmore City man accused of impersonating a law enforcement officer.

The single felony charge against Lawrence Gordon Thomas Jr., 57, came after he used a truck equipped with flashing red and blue lights to stop a vehicle in early February on State Route 29.

The arrested motorist claimed that Thomas got out of his truck and started shouting that she was driving too fast.

Thomas ran to his truck and drove off when the motorist asked to see his badge.

Thomas later claimed he was using tow truck lights and caught up with the vehicle because he believed it had been stolen.

In a recent hearing in a Garvin County courtroom, Thomas pleaded no contest and was given a deferred sentence, ordered to pay fines and will be supervised for a year by a probation officer from the state.

Thomas also pleaded no contest to a second charge, as later in February he was charged with assault and battery for striking a law enforcement officer in Elmore City.

With this charge, he received a suspended five-year sentence, additional fines and release with credit for time already served.

Richard L. Militello