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Woman admits stealing thousands from employer in Yates County Court

A local woman accused of stealing more than $5,000 from her employer pleaded guilty to several charges Tuesday in Yates County Court.

District Attorney Todd Casella said Jo Ann Gilbert pleaded guilty to felony charges of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree computer tampering, and first-degree falsifying business records.

Gilbert, 61, is scheduled to be sentenced May 21 by county Judge Jason Cook. Casella said Cook committed to a maximum sentence of one to three years in state prison but would consider a lesser sentence that could include local jail time and/or probation, as well as restitution of about $5,600.

Gilbert was arrested last May by Penn Yan police after her employer, who owns a village business, reported that a large sum of money was missing. Police said Gilbert took money out of the cash register during each of her shifts and tried to cover up the thefts by tampering with the cash register and computer inventory management system.

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