PATTERSONVILLE – A Pattersonville woman was sentenced this week to up to six years in state prison after admitting to taking $147,000 from the veterinary clinic where she worked. Sentencing took place after the veterinarian she stole from spoke of the “incalculable” impact from the theft, Schenectady County district attorney’s officials said.
Jennifer Dolezsar, 49, of Pattersonville, pleaded guilty earlier to one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony.
Judge Matthew Sypniewski sentenced Dolezsar Tuesday to two to six years in state prison, in accordance with her plea agreement, prosecutors said. The judge also ordered her to pay full restitution to the victim.
Dolezsar admitted to embezzling the money from Veterinary Specialties Referral Center in Pattersonville over the course of multiple years, prosecutors said.
The judge sentenced Dolezsar after hearing from clinic owner Dr. Joseph C. Glennon, who told of the countless extra hours worked and sleepless nights trying to keep the business afloat – all while Dolezsar stole thousands of dollars.
“During the early days of the pandemic, when people were being laid off, I assured ALL of my employees that they would have a paycheck,” Glennon wrote in his victim impact statement given in court. “Jenn continued to take for herself.”
“Speaking from experience,” Glennon wrote at another point in his statement, “Jenn is a hollow, cold, calculating PREDATOR who lies and takes advantage of people’s trust.”
Dolezsar admitted to taking the cash payments received by the clinic and then falsifying the daily reports sent to the business’ accountant to cover up her theft, prosecutors said.
State police investigators determined she stole a total of $147,490, prosecutors said.
Glennon told the court of the lasting financial impact caused by Dolezsar’s theft. The thefts went on for five years, he wrote. Dolezsar worked most of that time as the clinic’s only full-time receptionist, he said.
Glennon said he has had to work longer hours as a result to keep his veterinary practice running, and he and his wife will likely have to work five years beyond their anticipated retirement date to make up for the losses.
“For five years, she happily came to work, even on her days off, with the sole intent of taking my earnings,” Glennon told the court. “Every day was a cash payday for her. For me, it was … 12- to 14-hour days working tirelessly to keep the business going.”
In sentencing Dolezsar, the judge called her a “thief” and indicated he doubted the victim would ever see any of the money again.
Schenectady County District Attorney Robert Carney also issued a statement in the case:
“The sting of embezzlement to a small business includes sometimes devastating financial loss and the shock that comes from the realization that a trusted employee should not have been so regarded. We would like very much to make Dr. Glennon whole but, if that proves impossible, at least this sentence demonstrates to Ms. Dolezsar and any others contemplating similar crimes that there is a price to pay for ongoing and systematic thievery.”
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney William M. Lemon. Dolezsar was represented by attorney Steven Kouray.