FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A former Fairbanks auto parts store employee charged with embezzling thousands of dollars reached a plea agreement in Superior Court.
Gary Sowers, 36, agreed to plead no contest to a reduced count of third-degree theft. In April, he was indicted for first-degree theft on charges he embezzled as much as $90,000 from the M&O/Schuck's Auto Parts store between March 2000 and March 2001. Sowers worked as a store manager at the time.
According to the criminal complaint, Sowers took the money by making false claims of payments to customers for returned auto parts, then pocketing the money itself.
Police were alerted to the alleged crime after a lengthy audit of store records by CSK Auto, the company that owns M&O/Schuck's.
In the plea agreement reached last week, Sowers agreed to the plea and to pay $55,000 in restitution. His sentencing is set for Nov. 14.
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