Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New York Woman Sentenced For Embezzling $466K

From the Schenectady Times-Union on 1/21/2015:

Carrie LaFond, a once-trusted accountant who stole $466,000 from her employers, was sentenced Wednesday to 2 1/3 to 7 1/2 years in prison.

LaFond, 41, previously pled guilty to grand larceny and tax fraud, both felonies, for embezzling from John D. Marcella and Son Appliances & Home Entertainment.

Visiting County Judge Polly Hoye sentenced LaFond to the concurrent terms under a plea agreement reached in November. LaFond was taken into custody immediately after her sentencing.

She stole from Marcella's business account from April 6, 2011, to March 24, 2014, according to a criminal complaint.

She was caught when credit card companies inquired "as to whether a certain account should be being paid from their business account," Schenectady County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Assini said.

LaFond, the wife of Paul LaFond, Schenectady's water and sewer department director, must repay the entire amount she stole, the prosecutor previously told reporters. She still owes $339,000 in restitution, prosecutors said Wednesday.

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