A bookkeeper at a local plumbing business was sentenced to prison Thursday and ordered to pay restitution to her former employer for stealing from the company.

Kelly Kemp, 40, of Akron, pleaded no contest and was found guilty Dec. 7 of aggravated theft and grand theft. Summit County prosecutors dismissed numerous other felony theft charges against her.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Kathryn Michael sentenced Kemp Thursday to four years in prison and ordered her to pay $50,000 in restitution, an agreed-upon amount.

Prosecutors say Kemp cashed business checks in her name while working at Dye Plumbing in New Franklin between January 2014 and September 2016, when the owner noticed money missing and alerted authorities. Police said more than $870,000 was stolen.

Alan Medvick, Kemp’s attorney, said in a sentencing memorandum that Kemp was suffering from personal and financial struggles when she committed the thefts. He said she believed the funds were, at least in part, payment for the work she was performing for Dye in her home office. He said she used the money for expenses such as her mortgage and utility bills.

Medvick urged Michael to consider probation for his client.