A woman who authorities say embezzled nearly $4,000 from a Corvallis hair salon should spend 10 days in jail, a Benton County Circuit Court judge ordered Friday.
Shawn Kimberly Brown pleaded no contest to first-degree theft. Prosecutors allege she embezzled $3,777 from Hair Cuts and Color, a salon where she worked.
According to police, an employee of the salon reported on Feb. 20 that several deposits dating back to October were missing from the business account. The employee said Brown was not depositing the money at the bank.
Judge Matthew Donohue also sentenced Brown to two years on supervised probation. Brown must also pay back the money she allegedly stole in full.
Esperanza “Rosie” Bohan, the owner of Hair Cuts and Color at the time Brown worked there, said through tears that the theft forced her to sell her business.
“She has not only harmed me financially but she has also harmed me psychologically,” Bohan told the judge.
She said hiring Brown was one of the worst mistakes she’s ever made.
“I worked long and hard hours to grow my small business,” Bohan said.
She said she hired Brown and then was forced to fire her because of Brown’s “drug problems.” But, when Brown had gotten clean, Bohan rehired her, she said.
“I believe people deserve a second chance,” she told the judge. But that’s when the theft happened.
Brown spoke only to answer routine questions from the judge during the hearing. Her attorney, Mike Flinn, said Brown has been rehired at the salon by the new owner.