Former manager sentenced for stealing from Piggly Wiggly

October 06, 2004|TODD KLEFFMAN

A former Piggly Wiggly manager was sentenced to a total of two years in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to taking more than $20,000 from the store and jumping bail.

Elizabeth S. Baughman, 48, address unavailable, was sentenced by Boyle Circuit Judge Darren Peckler to one year in jail on a charge of theft of more than $300 and another year, to be served consecutively, for first-degree bail jumping. Baughman was given credit for 185 days she's already served in the Boyle County Detention Center.

Baughman was hired as the store's manager in October 2000 after working for more than 20 years at Foodtown, Big Valu and Slone's grocery stores in downtown Danville. At Piggly Wiggly, she was responsible for making out daily deposits and taking them to the bank, said Preston Richardson, former owner of Piggly Wiggly.

"We hired her as store manager," Richardson said today. "She had a lot of good grocery experience."


Baughman pleaded guilty last month to taking money in May of 2002 from the Piggly Wiggly store, where she had worked for a year and a half. As part of her guilty plea, Baughman agreed to pay restitution of $20,553 to Richardson.

The $20,553 Baughman agreed to repay was separate from $47,000 paid to Piggly Wiggly for "accounts receivable losses" by the store's insurance carrier, Richardson said today. A police investigation and insurance company audit of the store's records during Baughman's employment showed that about $67,000 was missing from the store, Richardson said.

After Craig Baughman posted a $500 cash bond on the theft charge, Baughman did not appear for a January court date, leading to the bail jumping charge, court records show.

In a letter written to Peckler before her sentencing Tuesday, Baughman asked for probation, saying she had never been in trouble before and has a 13-year-old daughter who needs her at home.

She told the judge that she was anxious to find a new job and put the situation behind her. But Peckler didn't grant the request.

"It's a lose-lose situation for everyone," Richardson said. "It's a said situation for her, her family, the business and the employees, but I agree with the judge's sentence.

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