former manager of BIRD bakery was sentenced yesterday to four years in
prison for stealing thousands of dollars from the business. She was also ordered to pay $124,000 in restitution.
Jessica Martinez, 24, pled no contest to Misapplication of
Fiduciary Property ($30,000 to $150,000) and Theft ($30,000 to $150,000) on July 9, 2019. Both of these charges are third degree felonies. The sentencing hearing was held yesterday, August 28, 2019.
was hired to work at BIRD bakery in Alamo Heights at the age of 19. She was
eventually promoted to manager, which gave her greater ability to override BIRD
bakery’s controls. Records show that Martinez then conducted 464 fraudulent transactions for various amounts during the period beginning December 12, 2016, and extending through May 1, 2018. The amount of money involved in the fraudulent transactions totaled $124,521.88.
and testimony revealed Martinez used the stolen money to buy designer goods for
herself and gifts for others – including coworkers.
BIRD bakery reviewed records to determine the source of its losses,
the company was forced to scrap plans for a new Denver location and to shift funds
from its Dallas location to supplement the employee payroll in Alamo Heights.
The company was also unable to give raises or bonuses to employees, including Martinez's coworkers, due to the missing money.
was taken into custody immediately after sentencing in the 187th District Court.
case was investigated by the Texas Rangers and the Alamo Heights Police
Department. Prosecutors were Assistant District Attorneys Dawn McCraw and
a statement, BIRD owner, Elizabeth Chambers Hammer, said:
the day we opened our doors at BIRD, it has been our goal to approach and
operate our company as a small business – no matter how large the company
becomes. From day one, we have treated our employees (and guests) like family
and have put significant trust in our staff, particularly senior management.
one of our trusted managers chose to commit an egregious crime over the course
of many, many months and today, thanks to Dawn McCraw and Judge Stephanie Boyd,
justice was served.
the words of ADA McCraw, ‘Crimes are not committed in a vacuum.’ There are
far-reaching effects as a result of the defendant’s actions. Not only did our
business suffer, our other staff members did as well, both emotionally and
team and I could not be more grateful for the diligent pursuit of justice by
Dawn McCraw, Justin Fischer and Texas Ranger Keith Pauska during this process.
We feel very confident that Judge Boyd made the best decision and we are
grateful for the precedent and example that she has set for our company.”