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Bookkeeper guilty in theft

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:25 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

A bookkeeper for an Elmhurst building management company has pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny after stealing rent payments from tenants.

Patricia Talavera, a 40-year-old resident of Westchester County, pleaded guilty last Thursday to diverting $177,000 in Queens Crossroads LLC funds to her personal bank account between 2009 and 2012, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown

Talavera’s responsibilities at the firm included collecting rent payments from tenants and depositing the money into the company’s bank account.

Her scheme was discovered during an internal investigation in which the firm learned that Talavera had been depositing the rent payments into her personal account.

Talavera will be sentenced on May 30 to between three and a half to seven years in prison.

“The defendant has now been held accountable for her deceit and greed,” Brown said in a statement, “and the term of imprisonment to be imposed is more than warranted.”

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