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Susan Barnett pleaded guilty to Theft in Office and Communications Fraud back in 2019. Records state that in her role as clerk of courts as far back as 1997, Barnett was stealing money that was due to defendants in garnishments and/or bankruptcy cases, depositing it into her own accounts, and then falsifying records. Restitution hearings have begun in Lima Municipal Court in order to return the stolen money to the victims in the case.
Susan Barnett previously pleaded guilty to Theft in Office and Communication Fraud back in October of 2019 for stealing thousands of dollars from the city. Barnett received a three-year sentence in prison, but only served six months after concerns were raised on her age and the risk of her being affected by COVID-19 in prison. She was 76-years-old when she received her sentencing.
A former Lima Municipal Court deputy clerk has been granted early release from her prison time after serving six months. Susan Barnett pled guilty to theft in office and communication fraud back in October, and had been sentenced to three years in prison after stealing thousands of dollars from the city.
A former Lima Municipal Courts Deputy Clerk gets sentenced to three years in prison for stealing from the city. 76-year-old Susan Barnett pleaded guilty to theft in office and communication fraud. As well as the prison time, Barnett will have to pay back over $331,000 that she stole while she worked for the city. She stole money that was court-ordered to go to people through garnishment of wages. The city is trying to identify those people so they can get their money back.