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15-year worker pleads guilty to stealing some $80K from Nicolinni’s



Published: Fri, January 13, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Peter H. Milliken

milliken@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

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Hladun

A 44-year-old Berlin Center woman has pleaded guilty as charged to a single count of grand theft from Nicolinni’s Ristorante in Boardman.

Kimberly A. Hladun, of Duck Creek Road, a 15-year restaurant employee, entered her plea Thursday before Judge James C. Evans of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, who will sentence her at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23.

By enter- ing her plea to the fourth- degree felony, Hladun admitted stealing more than $5,000, but not more than $100,000, from the business between June 1, 2006, and April 30, 2009.

The restaurant management estimates the theft at about $80,000. Nicolinni’s also has an Austintown location.

In the criminal case, Nicholas E. Modarelli, an assistant county prosecutor, recommended that Hladun be placed on probation and ordered to give the restaurant $1,000 in restitution, which is the amount of the restaurant’s insurance deductible.

Modarelli said, however, the restaurant’s insurance company is expected to file a civil lawsuit against Hladun to collect the remainder of the stolen money.

Hladun, who was arrested by Boardman police a year ago after a nearly nine-month investigation, remains free on $8,000 bond pending sentencing.

When the county grand jury indicted Hladun last March, Patrick Lavanty, restaurant owner, expressed “anger and disappointment” at Hladun’s conduct and urged that she be prosecuted to the “furthest extent of the law.”

The maximum penalty the law allows for the charge, to which Hladun pleaded guilty, is 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Hladun’s lawyer, Scott Cochran, said his client has no prior criminal record. He added that Ohio’s new sentencing law, which took effect last fall, calls for probation, rather than prison, for low-level felony offenders without prior criminal records.


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1NoBS(2013 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

The assistant county prosecutor recommends she only pay up the insurance company's deductible, not make restitution to correct the wrongdoing? Does the prosecutor not understand the difference between right and wrong??

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2YtownSports(244 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

It took 15 years to steal it. Give her 15 years to pay it back...with interest. Figure $500 per month. That'd do it.

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3scrappy62087(17 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

steal $80K....pay back $1K......and they wonder why these crimes keep happening.....

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4jg52fresh(7 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Listen, this just proves that America's justice system isn't fair. Your absolutely right psyker99, race has a lot to do with the charges people receive and the time and fines they will pay. I know a lady (she is also white) who stole $15,000 from an organization and got 2 years probation and a $500 fine, really!!! Then last year a black woman stole $2,300 from an organization very similiar and she's doing 8 months in jail, lol. You gotta love the justice system.

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5palbubba(671 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Please discount psyker99's racist remarks and concentrate on the facts. Crime is crime, no matter who committed it or where they committed it. What should outrage every citizen is the overly light sentence given to this woman. Again showing why there is no real deterent to crime in the valley, as scrappy62087 has stated, steal $80k and pay back $1k, what is this judge thinking? Wonder why insurance rates are constantly going up? How about judges basically saying it is O.K. to burden the insurance company with paying for this woman's illegal act.

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6republicanRick(1251 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I agree -- the fat, white woman who recently have been caught stealing from their employers have gotten off far too easy. They should do jail time.

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7MzVirgoLuv(157 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

@palbubba, you must be white. And I have no problem with that. Except, psyker99 is right. And just like politicians and the like stay away from talking and even bringing up poverty, ppl hate to talk real about race. Just because we have a Black president, racism is NOT GONE. It exist still to this day. And with the election of a Black president, most ppl feel like it;s okay to say racial things even more now than before. Their reason: "Well you all have what you want now, so there should be no problem" So ignorant to say. And how ignorant of you to want to excuse someone's take on this situation. As always, the same old republican answer is to not answer the real questions at hand but to go around them like everyone is stupid but them. Reminds me of drug addicts: If you don't get high off of what they do then you know nothing about it....Bull Ish!!!!!!! My mother did 3 years for speculation of theft because a picture of a hand with drugs in it looked like hers so they convicted her off of that....Three years of speculation and this *itch admits to it, gets found guilty and Oh, it's cool, just don't do it again. Wow, how color makes such a difference in our own justice system. And for you to say something like that, shame on you. I wish all of the Whites and other races that think it's all in our heads would live in our color for a year and see the difference your outlook on race will become.

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8legend33(169 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

By the looks of that fat arse that stole it she was eating all the profits! No prior criminal record means she was not caught before. They ought to put all these women away (black or white) its total BS!

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9YtownArtist(50 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

soooo...crime does pay? geeez what if she invested the 80k in winning stocks?....she would have come out way ahead....

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10BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

TERRYZ34

Anyone who does not acknowledge that there are disparities in sentencing based on race is simply living in a fairytale world. I don't even want to get into that argument, but I do want to say if you are going to have a racist rant at least make it coherent. That jumble of words said nothing — despite the consistent use of the caps key.

BrothaLove

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11ThewayIseeit(31 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

terryz34,You make Palbubba look like leader of the NAACP. What are you talking about American African. What other race do you know put American in front of there name? Why should African Americans? Hell we just got a good majority of you to stop using the term "N___r"....... And you may not want to be affiliated with Black Folks, but your ancestors sure did. Or else we would be in our native country. Blame them! The fact is that Justice should be blind, but when it comes to shades of colors, suddenly Lady Justice eyes begin to open. The law should be the same for everyone. But in the eyes of the most racist such as your self, our skin is our sin.... Go figure. Im sure you got one in your family though. No? Just wait! I'm sure your mixed relatives pants will be just as high as yours.

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12rocky14(735 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I don't care what color these women are,they all got probation for stealing 10's of thousands of dollars? Give me a break.
It should be 1 year in prison for every $10,000 stolen.
Why do you think they keep doing it?
BECAUSE ALL THEY GET IS PROBATION IF THEY GIT CAUGHT!!!

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13BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Drone:

I can believe you equate a negotiated contract with pilfering money from organizations and employers... this sounds like jealousy to me. I don't like some of the cushiony contracts these people recieve either, but place some blame on the idiot who allowed said contract to be negotiated.

BrothaLove

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14Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

How this turned into a "race" debate is amazing. Once again, all cases are different, their are NO 2 cases alike, different attorneys, judges, prosecutors, counties, state and on and on. What one person gets is not what another one will get, is that so hard to comprehend?

99.999% of Judges, Police Officers etc are NOT racists. The 1% maybe, but then again that goes for a white racist AND a black racist. Goes for both.

Why even start the "race" bait. Isn't that getting old? Need to move on with life not step back. Not really hard to do. Enjoy Life instead of being so miserable and hateful. smh

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15southsidedave(4858 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

This story illustrates that once again, white-collar (no racial overtone intended) crime receives a slap on the wrist.

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16Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

"In federal cases, Sentencing Commission statistics show that the rates of incarceration for certain white collar crimes are greater than those for criminals who possess drugs or firearms. To illustrate this, the numbers show a 35.6 percent rate of incarceration for fraud; a 39.3 percent rate of incarceration for embezzlement; and a 29.2 percent rate of incarceration for forgery or counterfeiting."

And as I said:
"Although penalties for white collar crime can result in sentences of up to 30 years in prison, it is up to the judge to decide the offender''s fate."

http://www.onlinelawyersource.com/cri...

Bottom Line: Don't do Crime, then you don't have anything to worry about.

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