Rochester woman sentenced to seven months in jail for designer purse thefts
The Rochester woman who pleaded guilty to organized retail fraud involving high end purse thefts was sentenced to seven months in jail and two years of probation Tuesday in Oakland County Circuit Court.
Laura Anne Pochmara, 37, faced a group of charges that included receiving and concealing stolen property between $1,000 and $20,000, organized retail fraud, a habitual second offense of retail fraud and first degree retail fraud in a case in several Oakland County jurisdictions that began in Milford.
Pochmara teenage daughter sat in Circuit Judge Colleen O courtroom as Pochmara was sentenced 213 days in jail with credit for 110 days served and 24 months probation.
The terms of Pochmara probation include participation in a retail fraud rehabilitation program, a substance abuse program, community service, verification of employment, mental health treatment, no alcohol or controlled substance use and no contact with the victims or codefendant Erica Leigh Johnson, 30, of Flint,
whose sentencing is scheduled for June 12.
knowing this has happened and happened and happened, time and again, is the most irritating thing, said Skolnik, whose shop, Nana Niche and Corner store, had $2,200 in Vera Bradley purses stolen in January.
(used to be) really trusting of everyone, but this whole ordeal made me step back. We since bought a security system (for the shop).
have no faith in those programs. Maybe a few people will get rehabilitated, but it just places (defendants) in a bad situation, anyway, Skolnik added. just glad it over. Prosecutors in court Tuesday mentioned that detectives have a bench warrant for Pochmara in Washtenaw County tied to the Saline case, said Skolnik.
Pochmara attorney, Bingham Farms based Robert Morad,
was not immediately available for comment on this story.
Organized retail fraud is a fairly new criminal charge in Michigan that involves operating a business with the purpose of stealing items and reselling them.