Mother and son draw prison terms for $1M embezzlement

Court documents: Duo stole more than $1.1 million
Randi and Dakota Smith
Randi and Dakota Smith

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CAPITAL REGION — An Amsterdam woman and her son, who lives in Saratoga Springs, were sentenced this week to prison for stealing $1.1 million through an embezzlement scheme.

Randi Smith, 53, and Dakota Smith, 23, were sentenced before Judge Peter A. Lynch in Albany County Court, according to a prepared statement.

Randi Smith, who pleaded guilty in September to one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony, was sentenced to serve three to nine years in state prison and was ordered to repay approximately $831,000 to the New York State Weatherization Directors Association, according to the prepared statement.

Between June 14, 2011, and May 4, 2018, Smith, who was the association’s chief fiscal officer, wrote checks drawn on the association’s bank accounts to herself, without authorization, for more than $800,000. She covered up the thefts by submitting fake invoices to the association, according to court documents.

Dakota Smith also pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny in September and was sentenced to serve two to six years in state prison and to repay approximately $248,700 in restitution to the association, according to the prepared statement.


He is also accused of writing checks, drawn on the association’s bank accounts, to himself, his construction business and his father’s business, without authorization, according to court documents. He stole more than $300,000 through the check-writing scheme, during which he also forged a contract between his construction company and the association to justify the large deposits to his own bank account, according to court documents.

Assistant District Attorney Linda Griggs, of the state police Financial Crimes Unit, prosecuted the case, according to the prepared statement.

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