Accounting practices tightened after fines stolen by former Seabrook court worker

SEABROOK — Officials within the state’s Judicial Branch have made some changes to better protect fines paid to the court after an employee at the Seabrook Circuit Court stole thousands of dollars while working in the clerk’s office.

Michelle Wildes, 39, of Greenland, pleaded guilty last September to felony theft by unauthorized taking for skimming cash from court-ordered fines paid by numerous defendants between January 2012 and September 2013.

She was sentenced to a year in jail, with eight months of the sentence deferred for a year.

She was also ordered to pay $11,179 in restitution to the state treasurer to cover the money that she stole.

Rockingham County Attorney Patricia Conway, who was involved in the prosecution of the case, said Wednesday that all of the money has since been paid back.

“This wasn’t your standard theft,” Conway…

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