Former Sheetz employee receives probation over theft

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A former employee of Sheetz Corp. in Altoona has been placed on seven years’ probation for using the company’s credit system to take more than $45,000 during a six-month period.

Blair County Judge Timothy M. Sullivan on Thursday imposed the probationary sentence on Catherine Mae Josefik, 42, of Philipsburg after she entered pleas to theft by unlawful taking and access device fraud.

There was an agreement between the prosecution and the defense that if Josefik paid $20,000, a first step in reimbursing the company for its loss, she would receive probation.

She was able to pay $20,000 and received the probationary sentence with approval from Blair County Assistant District Attorney Derek Elensky.

Sullivan also told Josefik and her attorney, Matthew McClenahen, that he would consider termination of her probation when she completes the repayment of the $45,307 she owes.

Josefik accepted responsibility for her actions, the judge said.

One of the requirements of her probation will be to continue with mental health treatment and perform 50 hours of community service.

She also is to have no contact with any Sheetz stores during her period of probation.

Josefik entered her pleas in April, but sentencing was delayed so that a presentence investigation could be conducted.

That report stated that Josefik has a good support system in her personal life and a “positive reputation in the community.”

The judge also received a psychological report from a Hollidaysburg therapist that stated she “showed a willingness and determination to master her problems.”

Her problems included impulse buying, overbuying and the stockpiling of goods.

Josefik, a certified public accountant, was the credit and budget manager for the Sheetz corporate office, 5700 Sixth Ave.

Altoona police charged her with the theft of more than $45,000, which occurred between Sept. 4, 2012, and March 11, 2013.

When Josefik was arrested, a Sheetz spokesman said the thefts were discovered during a routine audit.

Police charged her with making credit refunds to her personal bank accounts. She applied for credit refunds using the names of family members and of another employee.

In all, police charged her with making 434 illegal transfers.

The judge received several letters from people writing on Josefik’s behalf.

She apologized in court for her actions.

Mirror Staff Writer Phil Ray is at 946-7468.