NY bookkeeper pleads guilty to stealing $164k from oral surgery practice; repaid money to avoid jail term

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January 20, 2015 Updated Jan 20, 2015 at 6:39 PM EDTBinghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Binghamton woman pleaded guilty in Broome County Court Tuesday to grand larceny in the third degree.

Mary Ellen Schilling, 48, made the plea in satisfaction of the Superior Court Information filed against her, according to the Broome County district attorney’s office.

According to the DA’s office, Schilling admitted that from May 1, 2008 through October 16, 2013, while working as an office manager and bookkeeper at Oral Surgery Associates of the Southern Tier, she stole more than $50,000 from the checking account of the company.

Schilling will be sentenced on April 20 to a state prison term of two and one-third to seven years.

Restitution totaling $164,325.48 will also be ordered to be paid, according to the district attorney’s office.

If Schilling is able to pay a substantial amount of the restitution at the time of sentencing, the Court will consider imposing a lesser sentence, according to the DA’s office.


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