Former bookkeeper sentenced for embezzling cash from 2 separate WNY firms

Sarah Smith, 37, was sentenced to three to six years in state prison on Monday.

BUFFALO, NY – A former accountant from Tonawanda City was sentenced Monday morning to three to six years in state prison for two separate embezzlement cases.

According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Sarah Smith, 37, admitted stealing around $ 136,000 while working as an accountant for a company in the city of Tonawanda.

According to prosecutors, an audit was conducted when the company saw an invoice entered twice. Smith was found to have made a series of payments to her personal bank account between August 21, 2018 and April 4, 2019.

Smith pleaded guilty to the highest sustained indictment back in March. She pleaded guilty to a grievous second degree theft, a Class C crime.

Prosecutors say Smith stole the money while awaiting conviction on a separate case.

Smith also pleaded guilty to stealing $ 87,019.84 while serving as a secretary and accountant for a Hamburg City company. The money was stolen between July 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018.

Smith pleaded guilty to a grievous second degree theft which is the highest standing charge.

It was also discovered that Smith used some of the stolen funds from the city of Tonawanda to repay the victims in Hamburg.

According to prosecutors, Smith will have to pay a total of $ 47,590 in reparation to both victims after serving their sentences.

WNY raises cash for nail tech shedding eyesight

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – Thanks to the Buffalo Strong Spirit of western New Yorkers, a woman can keep her eyesight.

Karla Marshall, 24, is an aspiring nail technician who was diagnosed with keratoconus in 2019. The disease causes them to see double and potentially go blind if left untreated.

After visiting several ophthalmologists, her insurance would not cover the cost of the individual surgery that would save her eyesight, nor the special contact lenses she needed to see properly.

Karla went to to cover the cost of both and hit the $ 8,000 goal after a month.

If you want to continue donating to Karla’s GoFundMe, click Here.

She also says that she will update people on her journey through their TikTok page.