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.