Half Million Dollar Theft Could Get Local Woman 30 Years in Prison

A Bay County Circuit Court Jury has convicted a local woman of embezzlement of a half million dollars.

The 6 member jury deliberated into Wednesday evening before convicting Julie Kay McDonald as charged of grand theft of more than $500,000.

Circuit Judge Elijah Smiley scheduled sentencing for Oct. 25. McDonald, also known as Julie Kay Mullen, faces up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant State Attorney Larry Basford showed jurors during the three-day trial that between 2008 and 2011, McDonald electronically transferred approximately $500,000 from her then-employer Textured Coatings of America Inc.

McDonald was the only employee who had the ability to electronically transfer payroll and over the months and years would shift thousands
from the business accounts to her personal account.

McDonald, 48, of 2805 Gordon St., was convicted as charged of four counts of grand theft of more than $100,000, plus one count of grand theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000.

The grand theft charges of more than $100,000 are first-degree felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison.


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