Bookkeeper admits to stealing more than $500K from employer

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — A bookkeeper at an Amherst doctor’s office could spend up to six years behind bars.

Justine Smith, 56, admitted to stealing more than $500,000 from her boss.

Smith, a Buffalo resident, says she stole to satisfy her shopping addiction, and said that she has a compulsive buying disorder.

Authorities say that for more than five years, the 15-year employee of the practice embezzled the money while working for Dr. Samuel Shatkin.

Smith was convicted of grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. 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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