OTTAWA — A former Cherry’s Propane Service employee is now in custody in the Putnam County Jail for pocketing a total amount over $100,000 from the company's customers. After a three-day jury trial which began on April 21, at approximately 4:30 p.m. on April 23 a jury in the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas found Christine Wilson, McComb, guilty of two felonies: one felony for theft and another for tampering with records.

From about 2008 through November 2012, Wilson was primarily responsible for accepting payments from customers for the Ottawa-based business.

“At times, when customers made cash payments, she would allegedly put that cash into her pocket instead of handing it over to Cherry’s Propane. That’s the theft,” said Todd Schroeder, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Putnam County Prosecutor’s office. “The tampering with records is that, in order to cover her tracks she then went through the transactions records of Cherry’s, destroying and removing and deleting records relating to the customer.”

Following the jury's verdict, Judge Randall Basinger revoked Wilson's bond and remanded her to the county jail where she will remain in custody until her sentencing in four to six weeks.

Wilson served a prior federal prison term for doing the same while employed with a bank in McComb in 2000.