Ludington woman pleads guilty to retail fraud

June 9, 2015
Tonya Johnson with her attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Tonya Johnson with her attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 33-year-old Ludington woman faces a seven-month jail sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree retail fraud during a final conference hearing in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, June 9.

Tonya Ann Johnson was arrested, April 19, by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office after stealing “perfume, a sweatshirt and numerous items,” she testified, from the Ludington Walmart.

In exchange for her guilty plea to the five-year felony, her plea bargain includes a one-year discretionary jail term, serving seven months up front. She will also be ordered to pay $349 restitution to Walmart, which is joint and several with a co-defendant. Her circuit court sentence will run concurrent with a district court file, Judge Susan Sniegowski said. Johnson has a prior conviction in 2014 of second-degree retail fraud, Sniegowski added.

Johnson’s sentencing is set for, July 21, at 2:45 p.m.

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