July 24, 2016

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Woman gets probation for felony theft, forgery

MEDINA — A former Medina County woman was sentenced to five years of probation Monday after pleading guilty in a felony theft and forgery case totaling more than $125,000.

Diana L. Pierce, of Spring Hill, Fla., in Medina County Common Pleas Court on Monday to hear her fate after pleading guilty in July to forging her daughter Randi’s name on a check to help purchase a home in Florida.

“I stole my daughter’s money!,” Pierce said while answering questions from Judge Christopher Collier. “I know it was wrong. I put the money in my account and went on with my business.”

Pierce was living in Medina County at the time she committed the crimes, according to her attorney, Michael Goldberg. The case against Pierce was filed in the spring of 2009.

In addition to the five years of probation, Pierce was ordered by Collier to pay back the entire $126,304 to First Merit Bank in full. Goldberg said the money will soon be returned to either the Medina or Brunswick branch of First Merit.

“There are some severe mental issues (with Pierce), and the judge was sensitive to that,” Goldberg said. “She will pay the money back.

“The judge was fair and gave her a chance to do the right thing.”

During Monday’s hearing, Collier read from a document in which Pierce’s daughter, Randi, said, “Don’t go easy on her,” referring to her mother’s sentencing.

The $126,304 used in the crime came from Pierce’s husband, also the daughter’s father, who died in 1987, according to court records read aloud by the judge.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or at sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.