Maritime Farms in Union and Sweet Frog in Belfast were victims of theft

Woman gets jail for stealing from two stores she managed

By Stephen Betts | Sep 29, 2017

Belmont — A Belmont woman will serve six months in jail after admitting to stealing money from two different retail stores while serving as their manager.

Kari M. Drake, 39, was sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Waldo County Superior Court in Belfast for theft from Maritime Farms in Union and later from SweetFrog in Belfast.

Drake was sentenced to two years in jail with all but six months suspended and placed on probation for two years for the Sweet Frog theft. She was also ordered by the court to repay the store $14,000.

She worked at Sweet Frog from April through December 2016 and was fired when the theft was discovered. She initially told the store's district manager the money had been burned in a fire at her home when she took it there overnight. The police investigation found no evidence of a fire at her home and she ultimately admitted to the theft.

The theft from Maritime Farms occurred in 2015, when she worked as manager of the company's Union store.

She was given a consecutive two-year sentence that was completely suspended for that offense and placed on probation for an additional two years. She is required to repay Maritime Farms $6,390.

Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody pointed out the case involving the theft from Maritime Farms was pending when Drake was hired at SweetFrog. He noted, however, that a criminal background check would only have shown convictions, and not pending charges.

She was indicted for the Maritime Farms theft in December 2015.

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