Bookkeeper pleads guilty to theft from employer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A West Tennessee bookkeeper has pleaded guilty to embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from her employer, five years after admitting to similar charges involving a different employer.

Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich’s office said in a news release Monday that 62-year-old Joan Cordell of Horn Lake, Mississippi, was sentenced to eight years in prison and ordered to pay more than $81,000 in restitution to her former employer, Commercial Data Corp.

The release says Cordell pleaded guilty in 2010 to similar charges stemming from the theft of money from a previous employer, Hyman Builder Supply. Weirich’s office said Cordell served 365 days in prison on weekends, with seven years suspended.

After the new case, she was ordered to begin serving her sentence in the previous case.