Stamford judge sends ex-manager to jail in Greenwich larceny case
STAMFORD — A Stamford woman unable to pay back any of the $106,000 she admitted to stealing when she was the manager of a Greenwich convenience store and gas station was handcuffed in front of her husband and sentenced to five years in jail Tuesday.
Julienne Julmeus, 25, of Seaside Avenue, was a no-show in court on Monday when she was supposed to bring a “substantial” amount of money to pay back the man who owns the Sheephill Mobil gas station on East Putnam Avenue. She was a manager there in 2015 and 2016.
A judge Monday ordered Julmeus, who has a 10-month-old baby, rearrested for not appearing in court, but Judge Gary White vacated the order Tuesday when she came to court with a medical excuse.
In July 2019, White took Julmeus’ guilty plea to a first-degree larceny charge with the understanding that she could get probation if she returned to court with some of the money she had stolen and and a plan to pay the rest back for her former boss.
Police say that when she was managing the gas station, she was stealing up to $17,000 per month.
When White asked Tuesday whether Julmeus came to court with any money, her attorney Howard Ehring said she did not. Ehring said Julmeus had used the stolen money to pay back her husband’s gambling debts, send money to her family in Haiti and pay medical bills for her son.
“I take no pleasure in incarcerating you ma’am,” a clearly frustrated White said. “I would prefer not to. And I feel sympathy to your children. At the same time, you stole over $100,000 from a business you worked for and those people trusted you. They were hurt by it.”
Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Valdes said Julmeus was fired in September of 2016, when she admitted to taking the money. For nearly three years, Ehring has been promising that his client would be making restitution and continuing the case on that basis, Valdes said.
“After nearly three years of fruitless promises, it is time to take her to jail for this theft,” Valdes said.
When it became clear that White was going to send her to jail for her first-degree larceny plea and Julmeus was asked if she had anything to say, she apologized for stealing the money.
She also said her mother would be getting a tax refund from a house she sold and asked White to give her until April to come up with some money. When that did not appear to sway White, she said she had $3,000 in a bank account that she would turn over.
But White clearly lost faith in her words.
“I feel like I’m being strung along,” White said from the bench. “I get the feeling I’m being manipulated.”
Valdes also complained that one would have collected more than $3,000 in interest if all the money Julmeus had stolen was left in the bank.
White then sentenced Julmeus to five years in jail and five years probation, where she would be made to pay back the money she owes.
But White said that if her family came up with a substantial amount of money, money he called a “down payment” on the restitution, along with a real plan to pay the rest back, he would consider modifying her sentence and possibly put her on probation.
“It is one of those unfortunate situations where restitution could have kept a mother of two out of jail,” Ehring said. “But the resolution of the case allows us to file a motion to modify the sentence if her family comes up with a substantial amount of money and we can get this mother back with her family. Once again, making a victim whole again is the key to staying out of prison.”