Former Jail Worker Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Hours Worked

ELLSWORTH — A former Hancock County Jail employee pleaded guilty April 7 to theft by deception for allegedly falsifying the number of hours she worked.


Hancock County Superior Court Justice Kevin M. Cuddy ordered Janine Gardner, 52, to pay restitution totaling $11,551.35.

However, Gardner’s sentencing is postponed to April 2011 to allow her time to make restitution.

District Attorney Michael Povich said the complaint filed against Gardner alleges that the theft occurred over four years while she worked at the jail. Gardner allegedly was paid for work she had not performed by putting in for overtime pay for hours she did not work, the prosecutor said.

Gardner was charged with a Class B felony because the alleged theft involved more than $10,000.

The maximum prison sentence for a Class B felony is 10 years and $20,000 fine.

Ellsworth attorney Jeffrey Toothaker represents Gardner.

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