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.