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Former Shinola worker sentenced after stealing 500 watches


A former employee of watch company Shinola charged with stealing over 500 watches from the brand is to spend one year and a day in prison after striking a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Judith Walker, who worked as a quality inspector for Shinola, pleaded guilty in January to wire fraud having stolen goods worth more than $358,000 over a two-year period, before trying to sell them on the black market.

U.S District Judge John Corbett O’Meara sentenced her to 366 days in prison and ordered to pay $331,000 in restitution.


Walker worked within the returns and repairs department at Shinola and in early 2015 began stealing watches that had been returned, keeping some but selling the vast majority.

The thefts continued through January 2017, costing the brand more than a quarter of a million dollars.

According to the Detroit News, in a text message, Walker negotiated the sale of one Shinola watch in December 2016. The watch cost $2,800 but Walker was selling the timepiece for $1,100.

She created a scheme to defraud Shinola that involved stealing hundreds of watches.

Walker resold the watches and kept the money, according to the court records.

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