A Beavercreek woman was sentenced in Highland County Common Pleas Court to nine years of community control over multiple cases.
Kelley Humphrey, 27, was sentenced to three years of community control on one count of theft, a fifth-degree felony, in one case, another three years of community control on one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, and another three years of community control for one count of failure to appear, a fourth-degree felony.
For the first case, Humphrey must successfully complete the Star and aftercare program and remain in jail until conveyed there. Humphrey must pay restitution of $4,412.34 to the victim through the Highland County Victim Witness Office. If she violates any of the community control sanctions, she would be given a sentence of between six and 12 months and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.
According to court documents for the first case, on Jan. 4, 2022, someone went to the Highland County Sheriff’s Office to file a report of a theft from their business located on Griffith Road in New Market Township. They said that they’d employed Humphrey to work at Lowe’s in Dayton starting on Sept. 9, 2021 and that Humphrey failed to return to work after Sept. 12, 2021.
Despite not returning to work after that date, she continued to submit hours to the company for payment until Dec. 24, 2021. A person related to Humphrey, also employed by the victim, discovered that Humphrey was still receiving payment despite not going to work. The victim had an administrative assistant check the company payroll and they confirmed that Humphrey had submitted and received payment for 404.90 hours from the dates Sept. 10, 2021, to Dec. 24, 2021, for an estimated sum of $4,634.69 that was deposited into her account.
The victim then gave a sergeant the information about Humphrey’s bank account that the funds had been deposited into, with the sergeant obtaining her bank account records after she was issued a grand jury subpoena. After receiving the bank account records, the sergeant found out that each deposit into the bank account was paid to her by the victim’s company.
For the second case, if Humphrey violates any of the community control sanctions, she would be given a sentence of between nine and 36 months and ordered to pay a fine of $10,000.
According to court documents, on or around Jan. 19, 2023, Humphrey reported to the Highland County Probation Department. Her supervising officer requested that she submit to a drug screening. Then, the probation officer saw something white in color hanging out of Humphrey’s private area and she was found have “a white bottle filled with urine.”
The probation officer asked her why she tried to falsify a drug test, with Humphrey then saying that she “read on the internet that in order to get into a treatment center, that the person needed to fail a drug test.” The probation officer asked if the urine in the bottle was positive for drugs, with Humphrey then saying it was clean. Humphrey also said that she “had not used and would not fail a drug test.”
For the third case, if Humphrey violates any of the community control sanctions, she would be given a sentence of six to 18 months and ordered to pay a fine of $2,500.
A pretrial hearing was held on Jan. 18, 2023. She appeared at that hearing and was advised by the court that the next hearing would be held on March 8, 2023, at 9 a.m. Humphrey failed to appear at that hearing, which was required by the court as a condition of her bond.
Reach Jacob Clary at 937-402-2570.