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Defendant acknowledges fraudulent cell phone payments

A defendant pleaded guilty Monday in Logan County Common Pleas to stealing credit card information and assorted valuables from the family for which she was employed.

Stephanie Hartline, 23, of Bellefontaine, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft, fourth- and fifth-degree felonies, and was placed on the prosecutor’s pretrial diversion program.

If the defendant can make full restitution and negotiate years’ long community control sanctions, the felony charges will not remain on her criminal record.

Between March and May of last year the defendant stole about anything she could from a family that had hired her to clean their residence on Newford Drive.

Logan County Prosecutors report the defendant used the victim’s credit card information to log seven fraudulent payments against her cellular phone bill. She also pleaded guilty to stealing about $2,000 in cash, an iPod, jewelry, clothes and GPS systems.

A final restitution figure is still in the works, attorneys said.

She served three days in Logan County Jail sometime around last fall on a charge of public intoxication from Bellefontaine Municipal Court.

CORRECTION: This article has been corrected to reflect the defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of theft.

Get more court news in Tuesday's Examiner.

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