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Watkins Glen man faces lengthy prison term after stealing $300,000 from local hardware store

A Watkins Glen man could face 15 years in prison after admitting to stealing more than $300,000 from his employer.

The theft occurred over the span of 7 years, according to prosecutors.

Louis Latorre, 48, pleaded guilty last week to welfare fraud, grand larceny, and falsifying business records.


Beginning in 2013, he began generating fictitious returns to Watkins Glen Supply, a family-owned hardware store in Schuyler County.

He pocketed the money until the crimes came to light two years ago.

Latorre and his wife were receiving benefits when the theft was taking place. He was overpaid more than $125,000 in public benefits.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 14, 2022.

The case against his wife is still pending.



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