Friday, June 16, 2000

Woman who cheated nuns on probation

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A woman who stole $50,000 from the Little Sisters of the Poor will serve five years probation while trying to pay back the money.

        Jillynn Bell-Lenoir, 42, was sentenced Thursday by Judge David Davis in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court.

        The Fairfield woman was charged with theft and had faced up to 18 months in jail.

        Prosecutors say she took the money while working as a bookkeeper for seven years at a nursing home operated by the Little Sisters.

        They say the money came from the personal accounts of residents at the Archbishop Leibold Home for the Aged on Riddle Road in Clifton.

        Ms. Bell-Lenoir had access to those accounts until she was fired last year for an unrelated matter. The new bookkeeper discovered the missing funds.

        Ms. Bell-Lenoir pleaded guilty “to information” on a theft charge two weeks ago.

        The plea to information means her case bypassed the grand jury and went directly to court. Such pleas are common in cases involving white-collar crime.


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