$500,000 worth of jewelry stolen from John­son County home; for­mer house­keeper pleads guilty

The Kansas City Star - - News -

A for­mer house­keeper pleaded guilty Thurs­day to steal­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in jewelry from her John­son County em­ployer.

Sabina Garcia-Rivera, 43, of Olathe, pleaded guilty in John­son County District Court to one count of felony theft and three counts of mak­ing a false writ­ing.

She was charged in Jan­uary with steal­ing more than $500,000 in jewelry while work­ing for a woman who lived in the Stil­well com­mu­nity in south­ern John­son County.

The thefts oc­curred over a pe­riod of two years be­fore they were dis­cov­ered in late 2017.

The false writ­ing charges in­volve false state­ments Gar­ci­aRivera made to pawn shop em­ploy­ees when pawn­ing jewelry pieces.

Garcia-Rivera pawned nu­mer­ous pieces of jewelry for a frac­tion of what they were worth, pros­e­cu­tors said.

As part of her plea agree­ment, pros­e­cu­tors dis­missed six ad­di­tional false writ­ing charges.

Un­der terms of the agree­ment, pros­e­cu­tors will re­quest a prison sen­tence of three years and two months. The de­fense will ask for a two-year sen­tence. She will also be re­quired to make resti­tu­tion.

Sen­tenc­ing for Gar­ci­aRivera is sched­uled for Jan. 11.

Sabina Gar­ci­aRivera

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