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Woman given year in jail for embezzling from Johnson City law office

March 5th, 2013 11:32 am by Becky Campbell, NET News Service

A former law office comptroller will serve a year in jail and 30 years on probation, but that could be reduced if she finishes repaying money she stole to support a cocaine habit.

Lisa Potter, 43, of Elizabethton, was sentenced Monday at a hearing before Washington County Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp. The judge heard testimony in the case in December, but the case was delayed before he made a ruling at that time. Potter pleaded guilty to theft over $60,000 last year in exchange for a nine-year prison sentence.

According to Assistant District Attorney Erin McArdle, Potter took more than $300,000 from Tony Seaton during a 2 1/2-year period beginning in 2008. At a previous hearing, Seaton testified he didn’t notice the missing money because his expenses were high at the time while he was building a new house.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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