Woman who stole $71,000 from boyfriend pleads guilty

Girlfriend steals man's truck, $71,000 in cash

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 5:01 PM
Last updated 10:36 PM
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After three years of surgery and growing debt, an Augusta man thought a large workers’ compensation check finally meant independence and security. His girlfriend had other ideas.

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While Charles Boyette napped before dinner the night of Oct. 5, Terry Gish sneaked out with $71,000 and stole his pickup, Assistant District Attorney Falin Syms said.

Gish, 52, was to stand trial in Richmond County Superior Court this week, but on Monday she pleaded guilty to theft.

“She stole his future and his independence,” Syms said of Gish.

A tearful Gish expressed remorse but hadn’t repaid Boyette in the months since she walked out with the money and was later released on bond after her arrest, Syms said.

Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. sentenced Gish to serve five years in prison, followed by 25 years on probation. Restitution is a condition of probation.

According to court documents, the defense tried unsuccessfully to keep text messages on Gish’s cellphone from becoming evidence against her. On the phone, which was left in Boyette’s abandoned truck in Bulloch County, were texts from Gish to “Robert” about having thousands in cash and a willingness to share, Syms said.
Twenty-five days after the theft, she called Boyette to say the money was gone and she needed a ride home from Atlanta.

Syms said Boyette, who had been steadily employed as a tree cutter until a 2009 work injury, didn’t have a bank account when the workers’ compensation settlement check came in. He cashed it because he had debts to repay, the first to his mother, Syms said.

Gish, who dated Boyette for about 18 months, stole the money before he could pay off any of his debts or buy a plot of land where he intended to live, the prosecutor said.

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dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/25/13 - 05:32 pm
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For that amount of money and

For that amount of money and for stealing from someone she knew was in bad shape the thieving little (fill in the blank) SHOULD have gotten 25 years in prison followed by 25 years probation. I sure hope that "restitution is a condition of probation" means FULL restitution before she draws a free breath. Otherwise the guy will never see a dime.

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TrulyWorried 06/25/13 - 05:55 pm
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Stealing from "boyfriend"

she should have to work at least 48 hours per week and every cent she gets paid while in jail and when she gets out should go to the man she stole the money from How low can you go. She knew his situation having been his "girl friend" for 18 months.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/25/13 - 06:50 pm
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I feel compassion for this

I feel compassion for this guy. I had written a few sentences about him and then after reading them a couple of times, I deleted them. They sounded quite mean and my advice wouldn't have done him any good, but rather would have made him feel even worse than he already does and he doesn't need that right now. But having said that, take a look at the girlfriend. I mean, holy crap!! I believe that prison time will age a person faster than normal, so in 5 years she's going to look 10 years worse than she does now. And during her probation, she's supposed to find some kind of job that will enable her to repay $71K while at the same time covering her own bills? And just what kind of job would that be? Maybe I'm a skeptic, but is there anyone out there who thinks this guy will ever see all or even most or even half of his lost $71K? Maybe she can take an online bookkeeping course while she's in the joint.

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 06/26/13 - 05:32 am
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...

Unfortunately, what she will probably end up doing is using this as "proof" that she suffers from mental illness, apply for social security disability and freeload off the taxpayers for the rest of her life.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/26/13 - 05:32 am
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She gave it to her boyfriend

She gave it to her boyfriend Robert, it would be impossible to spend $71,000 in 25 days and have nothing to show for it.

She's a con artist. And she'll go to prison, get out, find some other sucker, and do it again.

She's not sorry she did it, she's just sorry that she has to be accountable for it. Crocodile tears.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 09:02 am
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Restitution is a judge's joke on the victim. How can a
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money-less thief repay 71 large? It makes the judge look tough. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/26/13 - 09:03 am
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GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/26/13 - 09:45 am
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I really hope this guy can

I really hope this guy can pick up the pieces and go on with his life. I don't understand why someone would not have a checking account. But that's his business and maybe I'm out of touch and maybe there's lots of people out there who don't have bank accounts. But sometime during the rest of his lifetime if he finds himself with another check for $71,000 here's what I think he should do: Take the check UNCASHED to the nearest, reputable bank. Bypass the tellers and go into the "new accounts" office and say "hey, I'd like to open a checking account. Hand the check over to the person and ask for a couple of grand back in cash to cover near term expenses. With a deposit of that size they will probably throw in free checking, a toaster and a waffle iron.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/26/13 - 10:06 am
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Many wars
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have been the results of women.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/26/13 - 03:13 pm
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"Full restitution."

Yeah, that'll happen. Is there a poster out there willing to lay a Benjamin she's NOT back on the street in a coupla years, not five, without paying diddly, and as one poster noted, living well on the dole.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/26/13 - 03:24 pm
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Being the person that I am, I

Being the person that I am, I would've told her that she could get her little thieving behind back to Augusta the best way she knew how.

Boy, she sure has nerve.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/26/13 - 04:19 pm
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What about the fellow she

What about the fellow she "shared" the money with? If it was property he would be guilty of theft by receiving. How does the law view receiving stolen money?

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/27/13 - 01:18 pm
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I had a girlfriend like that once...

,,,but she was a lot better looking. I feel really sorry for this guy who has been taken in by a con artist. Bet that money is hidden somewhere -- hope he gets some of it back, and hope she goes away for a long time.

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