Kenneth Morris Sutton, 49, on Monday was sentenced to three years in state prison after being convicted of stealing checks from his Leesburg employer.
Sutton was convicted of two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering, two counts of obtaining money by false pretense, and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a check.
Circuit Court Judge Jeanette A. Irby sentenced Sutton to an active sentence of three years in the Virginia Department of Corrections for the felony charges and 12 months on each of the misdemeanors.
Between June 20, 2014 and September 23, 2014, Sutton stole approximately 20 checks from European Service Center in Leesburg. Sutton then forged the owner’s signature on the checks and cashed them. The total loss to the company was $15,409.75, which Sutton must repay.
Irby imposed an additional nine years suspended time on each charge, conditioned upon Sutton’s good behavior and his successful completion of five years supervised probation upon his release from prison.
As part of the sentencing, Sutton’s prior criminal history was considered. That includes four prior embezzlement convictions, two prior convictions for credit card theft, two prior convictions for credit card fraud, and a misdemeanor bad check conviction since 2006.