Judge rejects plea deal of Staples store manager charged with theft

Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 1:27 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A judge rejected Monday a plea deal for the former manager of an office supply store accused of stealing more than $1,000 from the business.

Justice Jeffrey Hjelm said the proposed seven-day jail term for Orrin Bimpson, 36, of Winslow was much less punishment than the crime deserves.

Bimpson was charged with theft in October 2012 and is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from Staples where he worked as operations manager. According to Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Baroody, there were 18 transactions in which Bimpson created phantom returns.

Bimpson had worked at the store for five months, but the fake transactions occurred over a two-month period, the prosecutor said.

Baroody said he agreed to the deal because under the deferred disposition being offered, Bimpson would have been required to repay Staples $2,200 over the next 12 months. The state could prove more than $1,000 was taken but may have had problems proving the full $2,200 was taken. The company was agreeable to the deal, the prosecutor said.

Hjelm said, however, that because of the number of transactions involved and Bimpson’s criminal record — including convictions for theft in 1997 and 2004, and negotiating a worthless instrument in 1999 — a more appropriate sentence would be two months in jail.

Defense attorney James Mason said Bimpson was accepting responsibility for the crime.

Bimpson initially had claimed that he had not pocketed any of the money but was simply making sales and invalidating them to make the store’s performance look better, Baroody said.

The judge gave Bimpson time to consult with his attorney on whether he wants to amend a plea deal or go to trial.

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