UPDATE — Dental office employee in Rutland, VT pleads guilty to embezzling — sentenced to 1 month in jail, $55k restitution

Update Feb 2018:

A Pittsford woman is facing about a month in jail after pleading guilty on Tuesday to two felony counts of embezzlement.

Karen Valach, 50, was arraigned in Rutland criminal court last March on three felony counts of embezzlement after police said she took about $30,000 from Cornerstone Dentistry in Rutland.

Valach worked at the front desk. A police affidavit said she handled the money deposits for the practice.

Dr. Sonia Yau, the head of the practice, told police Valach confessed to her in November 2016 she had been taking money from the practice since January of that year.

Valach reached a plea agreement with the state Tuesday. The prosecution agreed they would ask for no more than three to five years in prison, with all that time suspended except for 28 days.

The agreement caps the maximum restitution at $55,000.

The defense is free to argue for a lower sentence.

Once Valach is sentenced, the third embezzlement charge will be dismissed under the agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 29.

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Original story:

Police said that a woman who worked for a local dentist’s office embezzled more than $100,000 over a period of almost eight years.

Karen E. Valach, 49, of Pittsford, was cited on a single felony count of embezzlement. She is scheduled to appear in Rutland criminal court on March 13.

Cpl. Adam Lucia, of the Rutland City Police Department, said in a statement that staff at Cornerstone Dentistry reported on Dec. 19 that an employee was suspected of fraudulent actions.

After an investigation, police said Valach, a member of the office staff, had embezzled about $100,550 from January 2009 to November 2016.

Valach was interviewed by officers with the Rutland City Police Department before being charged.

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