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The Times
  • Former bookkeeper gets prison for $800K theft

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  • A former western New York bookkeeper has been sentenced to two to four years in prison for stealing nearly $800,000 from her employer over 10 years.
    In Erie County Court Thursday, Mary Jane Hagler of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg apologized to her family and said she regrets the trouble she caused her employer.
    Prosecutors said the 58-year-old stole money to support a casino gambling habit from 2003 to 2012 while working for Pearce and Pearce Co., a property management firm. She wrote checks to herself and used a company credit card for personal purchases.
    Hagler pleaded guilty in June to grand larceny and offering a false instrument. She’s paid about half of the money back.
    She faced a minimum prison term because of two prior felony drunken driving convictions.

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