Former Delphos hotel manager sentenced for theft of $130,000


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



LIMA — The former manager of a Delphos hotel who stole thousands 0f dollars from the establishment over a span of nearly five years was sentenced Monday to five years on probation.

Melissa Jamison, 41, of Lima, must also make restitution to the hotel in the amount of $130,231.61.

Jamison was indicted by an Allen County grand jury in August on a fourth-degree felony count of grand theft. The indictment alleged that during a span of more than five years — from the spring of 20o5 through the fall of 2020 — the Lima woman “did deprive Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham of property or services … without the consent of the owner.”

In September, Jamison, through her attorney, pleaded not guilty. In October, Jamison’s attorney, Chima Ekeh, requested intervention in lieu of conviction for this client. The Allen County Prosecutor’s Office objected to that request, stating that while it was “plausible that Jamison was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while committing some of the thefts” when she stole from her employer over a five-year period, “the State finds it highly unlikely she was consistently under the influence for all the incidents of theft.”

Before the court ruled on her request for intervention, Jamison pleaded guilty to the grand theft charge on Nov. 20.

At her sentencing hearing Monday before Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey Reed, Jamison — who has no prior criminal history — was sentenced to five years on probation and ordered to pay back $130,231.61 to Microtel Inn & Suites, in care of George Mox, Jack Westrich or Jay Ulm.

She was also ordered to participate and successfully complete any counseling or treatment program deemed appropriate by the probation department.

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By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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