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Woman who stole $744,000 from employer sentenced to 15 years

February 26, 2019

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Colorado woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for stealing nearly $750,000 from her employer.

Adams County District Attorney Dave Young’s office says Alyssa Costa was sentenced Tuesday. The 38-year-old woman previously pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft.

Prosecutors say Costa handled payroll and accounting for Metro Pavers and started transferring money to herself a few months after being hired in 2012.

According to authorities, Costa’s annual salary was about $35,000 but she paid herself about $744,000 total between 2012 and 2016.

Metro Pavers’ owner said he believed Costa was a dedicated employee who refused to take time off or let others cover her duties. But prosecutors say she was hiding the money transfers from other staff.