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Whittaker guilty of stealing $30,210
Samantha G. Whittaker was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 30 days.

A whistleblower has been sentenced to a month in jail and will be liable for repaying over $30,000 to her employer after she and her stepfather stole from the bonding agency they represented.
The defendant, Samantha G. Whittaker, was ordered by Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to serve 30 days and make $30,210 restitution on the charge of grand theft. She was granted a three-year judicial diversion meaning she can have her record erased once her probation is complete.
Her sentence comes after she went to Cumberland Bonding and informed them her stepfather and business partner, Danny Ray Elrod, had been stealing from the company. According to sheriff’s investigator Steven Carpenter, the pair had gotten into a fight and Whittaker became mad and decided to tell on her stepfather.
However, when she turned over the incriminating documents, it was discovered she had also been stealing from Cumberland Bonding. Her belief she would not be charged because she was turning in her stepfather was misguided.
Carpenter noted their job was to sign bonds for those who could pay to get out of jail on bail. They would keep the money instead of turning it over to the bonding company.
“There were many people who were out on bond that Cumberland had no idea were out because the bonding agents didn’t turn in the paperwork or money," said Carpenter.
Elrod entered a guilty plea earlier this year and was directed to serve 36 days of a four-year sentence and make $12,850 restitution.
Carpenter said the thefts had been going on since 2013 and the pair stole around $43,000.