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Winthrop woman charged with stealing from employer

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MASSENA - A Winthrop woman has been charged with stealing more than $10,000 from her employer when she was working as a bookkeeper for Cornell’s Dry Cleaning.

Village police charged Juanita M. Martinez, 36, of 388 state Route 420, Winthrop, with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. She reportedly stole $10,413.07 from her employer between December 2011 and November 2012.

Ken Cornell, in the statement he provided police, said he opened Martinez’s desk drawer on Nov. 10, 2012 to make a notation on a driver’s fuel when he noticed a deposit bag from the Canton store, which should have been in the safe, was in her drawer.

“I noticed all the store cash up information - deposit slips, credit card slips and customer checks were contained in the bag but the cash was missing. The deposit slip indicated the cash up was from Oct. 30, 2012.

Mr. Cornell said he discovered two other bags were also in the drawer in the same condition, with the cash missing. He said he put the three bags in the safe.

But he said the next day he went to the Water Street location and counted the cash and checks on hand before putting everything back in the cash register. He said he told Martinez to cash out the Water Street register two days later and discovered a cash shortage of at least $354.34 from what he knew should have been in the register.

He said he then conducted a review of all the of the cash up information and discovered $10,413.07 had been stolen.

Mr. Cornell said he also had been counting the cash in the register at the Main Street Massena for approximately a week before he terminated Martinez from her position on Nov. 19, 2012. He said most days the cash amount reported by Martinez when she had completed the deposit was less than he had counted earlier in the day.

She was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and released under the supervision of the probation department.

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