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Clayton woman faces up to 4 years in prison for stealing from employer

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A Clayton woman faces up to four years in state prison after admitting Wednesday in Jefferson County Court that she stole more than $6,000 from her employer.

Andrea L. Lynch, 31, of 37820 Deferno Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, admitting that during June and July she stole $6,334 from Jreck Subs in Clayton. She also admitted violating probation, to which she had been sentenced in November for manufacturing methamphetamine at her home and stealing money from another employer.

She was serving five years’ probation imposed for guilty pleas in September 2012 to fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree unlawfully manufacturing methamphetamine.

In that case, she admitted that between Sept. 1 and 11, 2011, she stole more than $1,000 from her employer, Sunnybank Restaurant, Cape Vincent. She also admitted that on Jan. 23 or 24, 2011, she possessed pseudoephedrine, lithium, ammonium nitrate and other items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine at her residence. She admitted violating probation by being convicted of the new crime.

She is expected to be sentenced on the newest grand larceny charge to two to four years in prison and be ordered to pay full restitution. Judge Kim H. Martusewicz will mandate that she serve her sentence in the prison system’s Willard Drug Treatment Program. Inmates who complete the 90-day program serve the remainder of their sentence under parole supervision.

Judge Martusewicz said Mrs. Lynch may still face additional prison time for violating federal parole. She was sentenced in November in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, to nine months’ time served for a June 25, 2012, guilty plea to misappropriation of postal funds. She admitted that while working at post offices in Theresa, Fishers Landing and LaFargeville, she embezzled 213 money orders totaling $51,162 without purchasing or processing any of the money orders through the St. Louis Federal Reserve, in violation of federal law.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the investigation of Ms. Lynch’s activities began in August 2010 when special agents with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General reviewed records from the Theresa post office as a result of numerous money orders being processed after the date they were cashed. The U.S. attorney’s office said Ms. Lynch admitted using the money orders to support a heroin addiction.

In other court activity:

Travis L. Worrell, 24, Watertown, pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, admitting that he tried to sell cocaine within the county July 10. He is expected to be sentenced Oct. 21 to three years in prison, followed by an additional three years of supervision upon his release.

Mr. Worrell is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in County Court in September 2012 to two years in prison on a conviction of third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, for having tried to sell cocaine in Watertown in April 2012. According to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s website, he was released from prison under parole supervision in May.

Matthew V. Belcher, 25, Watertown, was arraigned on two counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court.

It is alleged that he had and sold cocaine within the county in early June and again a week later. He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail. Mr. Belcher is an ex-convict, having been sentenced in county court in 2009 to two years in prison for a third-degree attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been accused by the Metro-Jeff Drug Task Force in July 2009 of possessing 122 packages of crack as he got off a bus at a State Street terminal. He was released to parole supervision in June 2010, according to the prison system’s website.

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