WACO (May 8, 2014) A Waco man was sentenced to prison, but the sentence was suspended Thursday after he pleaded guilty to stealing from his former employer.
Judge Matt Johnson, in 54th State District Court, sentenced Christopher James Malik to serve seven years in state prison, but then suspended the sentence for five years on probation and ordered Malik to pay restitution to his former employer.
Malik earlier pleaded guilty to stealing more than $20,000 from a pawn shop where he was working at the time, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
Police investigators began looking into the case after employees at the Cash America pawnshop reported discrepancies in their receipts.
Investigation revealed someone at the shop was authorizing bogus loans and was taking cash from the register, Swanton said.
Detectives obtained a warrant and arrested Malik in October 2013 for theft of more than $20,000 but less than $100,000, Swanton said.