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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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