Worker Sentenced for Stealing from Firm

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) A former payroll accountant at a northeast Kansas business has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for stealing nearly $40,000 from the company.

The Leavenworth Times reports Jamie Warhurst, 37, was also ordered to pay $34,000 in restitution under the sentence she received Wednesday.

Warhurst pleaded guilty last month to 48 counts of forgery and theft. Prosecutors dropped 24 other counts.

The former Parker resident was accused of forging and cashing company checks at National Cold Storage while working at the Leavenworth County business in 2010 and 2011.

The company reported the crimes in mid-2011, but Warhurst fled to Mississippi, New Mexico, Arizona and finally Utah, where she was arrested earlier this year following an armed standoff.