Erie County woman admits to stealing $66,000 from employer

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CHEEKTOWAGA, NY – A former employee at a business in Cheektowaga has pleaded guilty to stealing $66,298 from their employer.

 28-year-old Marshawn Smith of Cheektowaga admitted to stealing cash from their employer on seventeen separate occasions between April 20, 2022 and August 18, 2022.

“The defendant, while working as a manager of a store in the Town of Cheektowaga, was responsible for making nightly cash deposits,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn. “The defendant stole a total of $66,298.00 from the deposit banking bags over the course of four months. The theft was discovered after an internal audit detected a series of cash deposit shortages. All of the short bank deposits occurred during the defendant’s shifts, which was further corroborated by video evidence.”

Smith signed a concession and was ordered to return the stolen money to the employer. To date, no payments have been made.

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She now faces a maximum of 7 years in prison when he is sentenced on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. She continues to be released on their own recognizance.