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Birmingham sister, brother sentenced to prison for stealing $250,000 from Barber Dairy Co.

Posted by Robert K. Gordon -- Birmingham News July 30, 2009 4:04 PM

A Birmingham woman told a judge Thursday that officials at Barber Dairy Co. allowed her to use a company credit card in exchange for steering her son to play football at the University of Alabama.

U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler dismissed the claim by Robin Lee Jones and sentenced her to four years in prison for stealing $250,000 from the company. Coogler sentenced Jones' brother, Robert Lee, to 23 months in prison.

Both are responsible for paying $256,963 in restitution and must serve three years' supervised release after their prison terms are served.

Jones worked for eight years at the dairy company and oversaw the company's Fuelman credit card system.

Each company driver has a card to make purchases for vehicle items such as fuel. Jones had no card for her personal use, the plea agreement said. The card was used to make diesel fuel purchases for RJ Trucking, company owned by Jones and Lee.

The card was also used for repairs on cars owned by Jones and her family, court records show.
Coogler said Jones' claim of an agreement between her and the company was out of bounds.
"If she isn't guilty, then she shouldn't have pleaded guilty," Coogler said, adding it was too late to re-open the case.

Jones' son, Dominic Lee, was a defensive tackle for Alabama from 2003 to 2006.

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