Hamburg woman sentenced to prison for stealing from employer

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — After admitting to stealing from her employer, a Hamburg woman is heading to prison for between four and eight years.

Prosecutors said 57-year-old Joan Joyce faced sentencing on Thursday in front of an Erie County Court judge for the crimes to which she pleaded guilty, including second-degree grand larceny and five counts of first-degree offering to file a false instrument for filing.

Joyce admitted eventually after she was arrested that she stole about $263,000 from ECC Electrical Construction Corporation while working as their bookkeeper. The theft continued from 2006 through 2015, with money being used to pay for credit card bills and a gambling habit.

As part of Joyce’s sentencing, she agreed to pay back every penny she stole — along with $15,000 in New York State back taxes.

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