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Woman pleads guilty to misdemeanor theft, ordered to reimburse victim $46,000

Donna Woodall pleaded guilty Tuesday in Russell County Circuit Court to third-degree theft of property — a misdemeanor levied against those who steal less than $500.

The 43-year-old, however, also agreed to pay more than $46,000 in restitution to her former employer, a nursing home, as part of the plea agreement.

The agreement states Woodall will be sentenced to one year, which could be on probation, pay a $750 fine and reimburse Canterbury Healthcare Facility the money she stole from them.

"That's what the victim wanted," Assistant District Attorney Max Smith said. "She paid the money today. It's already been paid."

Woodall worked for the nursing home in 2000, Smith said. Standing before Judge George Greene, Woodall said she served as a bookkeeper for the facility and handled its finances. "I cashed a check," she answered when Greene asked her how she stole the money.

Further questioning revealed that Woodall would forge checks and cash them.

The director of the nursing home couldn't be reached for comment.

Woodall's sentencing is scheduled for April.

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