- Associated Press - Friday, March 22, 2019

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) - A former manager at a Connecticut McDonald’s restaurant who conspired with a cashier to steal more than $25,000 has pleaded no contest.

Jolene Rochester, of Lebanon, received a suspended prison sentence Thursday after her plea to a reduced charge of second-degree larceny.

A judge also ordered the 31-year-old Rochester to pay $10,000 in restitution.

Police say co-workers used Rochester’s manager codes to override expenses and pocket cash during a nightly computer shutdown when all transactions were cash only.

The thefts occurred on a weekly basis at the Norwich restaurant from June to December 2017. Police say the largest amount taken in one week was $1,600.

Prosecutors say the McDonald’s franchise didn’t file an insurance claim for the losses to avoid an increase in rates.

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