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Man convicted of stealing from girlfriend's employer
Man convicted of stealing from girlfriend's employer

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- A Dallas man was convicted last week of helping his girlfriend steal from her employer.

Robert Gustavus Whaley, 44, was found guilty of two counts of violating Georgia's RICO Act.

Prosecutors said Whaley and Sharron Rice, "his girlfriend, lover and, at times, fiancée," took more than $800,000 from Cobb County-based D.E.L. Development Corporation, which manages apartment communities.

Rice worked as a bookkeeper for D.E.L. Development. Investigators said she used her position to cut company checks to a nonexistent vendor. The money was deposited into a bank account opened by Whaley, who then forwarded the funds to another joint account owned by the defendants. He used some of the stolen money to pay his personal expenses, according to prosecutors.

Whaley was arrested in September 2013; at the time, he was on first offender probation after pleading guilty to stealing computers from WellStar Health System, where he once worked as a consultant.

After reading last Thursday's verdict, a Cobb County Superior Court judge sentenced Whaley to 20 years -- five in prison and the remainder on probation. He must also pay $803,000 in restitution.

Rice pleaded guilty in June 2014 to her part in the scheme. She was sentenced to 30 years, with eight to serve, and was also ordered to pay $803,000 in restitution.