Prison term starts for employee who stole from boss

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Editor's Note: On March 2, 2016, Gregory Pittard was discharged under the provisions of the Act for Probation of First Offenders by Judge J. David Roper, Judge of Superior Court, Augusta Judicial Circuit. The discharge exonerates Pittard of any criminal purpose and he is not considered to have a criminal conviction.

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Gregory Pittard

An employee who stole thousands of dollars from his employer has started a five-year prison sentence.

Gregory Pittard, 28, pleaded guilty to theft on May 9 in Richmond County Superior Court and made full restitution of $17,106.

For about a year starting in November 2011, Pittard stole from The Frame Shop through hidden uses of the company’s credit card.

Judge J. David Roper granted the defense’s request to sentence Pittard under the First Offender Act, which means if Pittard successfully completes his sentence no conviction will be on his record. But Roper set a special condition: Until the prison sentence and an additional five-year probation sentence are completed, Pittard must tell any potential employer that he was convicted of stealing from a former employer, said Assistant District Attorney Robert Homlar.

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GnipGnop 06/04/13 - 02:36 pm
There should be no such thing

as the First Offender's act when the criminal has done it multiple times. This wasn't a one act crime. It was an ongoing crime made up of multiple uses of a credit card. Each use should have been a seperate charge.

scoopdedoop64 06/04/13 - 08:44 pm

I am not sure I agree with this sentence. Usually, I am up for a long jail term but when I consider the comparison between this and others who have done much worse it doesn't look like he got off very easy at all. Since he was able to pay it all back and since this was his first occasion to be arrested and go to court I think 1 year of prison and 5 years probation would have been enough; either that or give him the option of having his hand cut off and no jail time.

IBeDogGone 06/04/13 - 09:39 pm
I do not condone the theft

In no way are his actions right but Judge Roper certainly did not do taxpayers any favors with this sentence. It will cost more to house him in prison than he stole. Mr. Pittard has made restitution and I feel electronic monitoring for a set amount of time that would have been the defendants responsibility not the tax payers would have been more appropriate. He also should have been ordered to attend some sort of counseling to help him control the inpulse to steal. If he did not follow court outlined plan he would have been back before a judge and have sealed his fate no longer as a first offender.

dstewartsr 06/04/13 - 09:44 pm
Did this guy kill and eat

... the judge's dog?

Riverman1 06/05/13 - 09:09 am
Hahaha, funny one, Judge

Hahaha, funny one, Judge Roper. Now tell us the real sentence after you've scared the heck out of him.

my.voice 06/05/13 - 11:58 am
A $17,000 conviction gets

A $17,000 conviction gets wiped off his record? What genius wrote that law? I'm sorry, but this is a mistake.

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