QUINCY -- A former front-end manager of the Menards store in Quincy accused of stealing more than $500,000 from the retailer will be sentenced to probation after pleading to a lesser charge.
Michelle R. Lewis pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $10,000 on Friday in Adams County Circuit Court. Though the Adams County state’s attorney’s office will not seek jail time at her sentencing per the plea agreement, terms and conditions of her probation, which could include jail time, will be left to Judge Robert Adrian.
As part of the plea agreement, charges of theft over $500,000 and theft over $100,000 were dropped.
First Assistant State's Attorney Todd Eyler said if the case went to trial, he would call Quincy Police officers who were called to the store May 18, 2019, about an internal theft.
Eyler said Menards internal investigation determined that Lewis, 36, was printing receipts that were almost 90 days old with items bought with cash or check. She would enter returns and take the cash.
He said security footage from the store would show Lewis processing a return at a register with no customers and no products.
Eyler said about $639,000 in cash was taken between Sept. 4, 2014, and May 22, 2019, the day Lewis was arrested.
A sentencing date was not set as Eyler and Lewis' attorney, Drew Schnack, disagree on how much restitution she should pay, so a hearing was set for Nov. 16 to hear evidence.
Lewis has been free after posting $1,000 bond.