Woman jailed for theft from employer

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 11, 2016

Woman jailed for theft from employer

A Charlottetown woman once considered a valued employee was sentenced to 60 days in jail for dipping into the company till.

Dorothy Mayhew, 42, will serve her sentence on weekends, allowing her to continue work with her new employer.

Mayhew pleaded guilty to theft under $5,000 while working at the Queens Arms Esso in Charlottetown last year.

Her lawyer noted Mayhew has no addiction issues. She told the court the theft was "motivated by financial issues'' and was out of character for Mayhew.

Chief Provincial Court Judge Nancy Orr acknowledged that while employers held Mayhew in high regard, employers trust their workers to do the job they are hired for without helping themselves to the till.

Orr ordered Mayhew to pay $353 in outstanding restitution to the Queens Arms Esso and to write a letter of apology to the manager.

Mayhew will also be placed on 12 months probation once her jail time has been served and must perform 50 hours of community service work free of charge.

In addition, she is barred from the Queens Arms Esso where her employment was terminated last year.