Mason City woman pleads guilty to stealing money while working for liquor store

MASON CITY — A Mason City woman accused of stealing over $3000 from a local business has pleaded guilty.

43-year-old Christina Barnish was charged with second-degree theft. A criminal complaint states that she was an employee at Prime Wine & Spirits at 1104 North Federal Avenue where on May 17th, she did not take a deposit bag of her employer to the bank, and instead kept the intended deposit of $3224.

Barnish had pleaded not guilty in July but last week as part of a plea agreement pleaded guilty to the second-degree theft charge. The plea agreement states that prosecutors will recommend a fully suspended prison term as well as full restitution to the business.

Barnish is scheduled to be sentenced on January 11th.