Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct information supplied to the Herald Democrat about the amount of restitution amount.
A former Denison business owner pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of theft of property.
Previously published reports show that Melenie Anne Barajas, 47, owned Apex Flooring, at 815 West Main Street in Denison, back in 2017.
Grayson County Court records show she was arrested and charged with two counts of theft of property over $1,500 and under $20,000 and one count of theft of property more than $2,500 and less than $30,000. She was indicted on those charges in May of 2018 and pleaded guilty to them Monday.
Statements made to the media by police at the time of her arrest show five people claimed she required them to pay upfront for flooring and installation services. They then never received those services, they claimed.
Barajas was released on bail back in April 2018. A sentencing date has been set for October.
Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said the sentencing date was set so far out to allow Barajas time to come up with at least half of the $40,900 worth of restitution in the case. He said each of the charges Barajas faces could result in up to two years in state jail and the amount of restitution she pays before the sentencing date will bear on the D.A.'s recommendation regarding that jail time.
Barajas has been represented in the case by Sherman attorney Jason Butscher, who did not return a phone call seeking a comment on the case Monday.