In a plea bargain that will keep her out of prison, Elaine Woudstra, 57, pleaded guilty Friday to a fourth degree felony of grand theft and agreed to court-ordered restitution and some form of community control.
Woudstra was accused of embezzling about $200,000 when she worked in a local physician's office. She was originally charged with a third degree felony of aggravated theft.
Judge Judith A. Cross set a hearing to determine a sentence and a restitution plan for Woudstra at 9 a.m. Aug. 11.
Neither Woudstra nor her attorney, K. Ronald Bailey, had any comment after Friday's hearing.
Daivia Kasper, assistant prosecutor, said the maximum sentence for Woudstra's guilty plea could be 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Both Kasper and Bailey confirmed, however, that the prosecution will not seek a prison term since Woudstra agreed to the plea deal.
"The court is not going to send you to prison," Cross said, if the pre-sentence report shows a clean record and Woudstra does not commit any crime before the August hearing date.
Kasper said after the hearing the community control Woudstra will be given could include up to six months in the county jail, probation and community service. A payment schedule will also be set for restitution.
"We have documentation of funds misappropriated of well over $200,000," Kasper said.
Woudstra was originally arrested in 2006 in connection with a series of incidents from Jan. 1, 2001 through Sept. 30, 2006. She was indicted by a grand jury in March of 2007.