Tonawanda News

July 25, 2013

Kenmore woman admits to thefts from job

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — A Kenmore woman pleaded guilty this week in New York State Supreme Court to stealing thousands of dollars from her employer during several months last year. 

Krystal T. Rains, 29, of Eiseman Avenue, who worked as a bookkeeper at Classic Fence and Lumber Company in Amherst, admitted to taking $18,544 between April and June 2012 from a Niagara Falls Boulevard locale. 

Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said Rains used several methods throughout the scheme by writing checks to herself without permission, stealing cash payments from customers and writing checks for the company’s office supplies before endorsing with her own name. She also wrote checks for more than she was authorized then pocketed the difference, according to authorities. Throughout the period of theft, she also falsified company records to cover her tracks, prosecutors said.

She now faces up to seven years in prison when she is sentenced at 9:30 a.m. Aug. 27 before state Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski on a third-degree grand larceny charge. Sedita said it was the highest charge Rains could have been convicted of if she had pleaded not guilty and gone to trial. 

She also has a history of arrests with two prior felony convictions for theft, Sedita added. 

The case was handled by Assistant District Attorney Susan H. Sadinsky, who is assigned the District Attorney’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau.