A bench warrant calling for $500 bail has been issued for Crystal Marie Wilson, 32, of Deer River after she failed to appear in Itasca County District Court Monday afternoon for her sentencing on a felony theft charge. Wilson pleaded guilty to the felony theft charge in July after admitting to stealing approximately $5,700 from the ODC licensing bureau in Grand Rapids.
Anne Marcotte, Wilson’s attorney, told the court her client wasn’t present. She had tried calling the phone number she had for Wilson, but was unable to leave a message.
Prosecuting attorney Todd Webb said Wilson didn’t appear last Monday for her sentencing, adding that she was at the courthouse but left before her case was called because she went into labor.
Department of Corrections officials were also unable to contact Wilson, Webb said before requesting a warrant be issued.
Judge John Hawkinson said he would issue the warrant, then Marcotte asked if a bail amount could be set in case Wilson had given birth.
Hawkinson said he would set bail at $1,000 cash or surety. Marcotte pointed out that Wilson did pay the $500 restitution due and requested a lower amount.
Hawkinson granted her request, setting bail on the warrant at $500.
“I don’t know why she wouldn’t call,” Hawkinson said.
The plea agreement called for jail time to be capped at 30 days and for five years supervised probation if full restitution was paid by Wilson’s sentencing date.
The criminal complaint alleges Wilson took approximately $5,700 from November to December 2011 while employed at the ODC licensing bureau. The licensing and registration coordinator discovered discrepancies and reported her suspicions to police.
According to the complaint:
On March 12, a Grand Rapids Police Department investigator received a theft report from the licensing and registration coordinator of the ODC driver licensing bureau in Grand Rapids.
A former employee, later identified as Wilson, was suspected of taking money paid to the ODC by a Grand Rapids dealership for motor vehicle titles. On three different dates, titles were presented for processing. Some titles presented were not processed and the difference between what Wilson said she received in cash and what transaction records showed she actually received was either equal to or very close to the value of the missing titles.
The Grand Rapids license bureau closed on March 12 when the crime was reported and reopened on Aug. 1.
A new sentencing date for Wilson has not been scheduled.