On March 28, a New York woman pleaded guilty to embezzling $4.1 million from her employer. Officials from the Erie County District Attorney's Office said it is one of the largest individual embezzlement cases prosecutors can recall handling.
The defendant, a 55-year-old East Aurora resident, began working as a comptroller at Towne Automotive Group in 2001. According to media reports, she wrote unauthorized checks from her employer's accounts and illegally transferred money into her personal bank accounts. Investigators were able to prove she misappropriated $4.1 million, but prosecutors say bank records only went back to May 2009, so she may have stolen a larger amount. Her scheme was uncovered in November 2016 when a business called Towne Automotive to discuss a $125,000 check it had received. The defendant was on vacation, so another employee looked at the books, discovering the fraudulent activity.