The Ohio Supreme Court took up a case (May 13) in which a woman got a court to seal records of her theft conviction before she finished making court-ordered restitution.
The case involves a woman named Sharlene Aguirre, who was convicted in 2001 for theft from a Columbus company that operates gift shops.
Aguirre pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of community control, ordered to pay the company $2,000 and also to pay $32,562 to two insurance companies.
Aguirre’s community control ended in 2007. In January 2012, she sought to have her conviction sealed. At the time she had repaid the crime victim, the company that owned the gift shops, but still owed the third-party insurance companies $14,152.
The trial court sealed the record of her conviction. An appellate court upheld that ruling. Franklin County prosecutors appealed to the Supreme Court.
Prosecutors argue, in their brief, that Aquirre’s case should not have been discharged, a requirement to have records sealed, until she met all terms of her sentence. Since she still owes money to the insurance companies, she is not yet eligible to have her record sealed, they say.