The first statement indicated that Workman spent $40,000 on furniture and other items, Bailey said. When the other statements came in, the full spectrum of the embezzlement became apparent, he said.
"There are things on there -- trips, shopping trips, there were sunglasses, there were purses," he said. "She was charging the pizza for the church youth group on my credit card -- $1,875 in one year to Papa John's.
"I mean, I pride myself on trying to live a Christian life," he said, with tears in his eyes. "That hurt."
Bailey said that Workman used the firm's credit card to buy tickets for gospel music concerts for several co-workers. When they paid her back for the tickets, she pocketed the money.
He said that most of the money Workman skimmed was profit off the top of the company's books that otherwise would have been used in a profit-sharing 401(k) program. He also said the money could have been used to pay for "an awful lot" of the firm's rising health insurance costs or for the hiring of a new lawyer or paralegal.
"That money doesn't just come out of just a bunch of big partners in a law firm," he said. "It came out of everyone's pocket. The amount of money here is absolutely staggering."
Near the beginning of Tuesday's hearing, Workman apologized for the theft and asked the judge for a lenient sentence.
"It was very selfish what I did," she said. "I knew it was wrong when I was doing it, but I justified in my head that it was OK."
Workman will be eligible for parole in two years, but will be required to spend 20 years on probation after her release.
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