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Stillwater woman faces up to 15 years for stealing from employer

Stillwater woman faces up to 15 years for stealing from employer

She has promised to make full restitution
Stillwater woman faces up to 15 years for stealing from employer
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A Stillwater woman faces a state prison sentence after pleading guilty in Saratoga County Court on Monday to taking more than $500,000 from her employer over a nearly five-year period.

Jean M. Hatalsky, 48, of Meehan Road, pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records during an appearance before County Court Judge James A. Murphy III. She is accused of stealing from her employer, Creatacor Exhibits and Displays of Halfmoon, between January 2011 and September 2015, and falsifying business records to cover the thefts.

District Attorney Karen A. Heggen said a state prison term is anticipated when Hatalsky is sentenced on Sept. 6. She has also promised to make full restitution. The maximum possible sentence would be 15 years in prison.

Creatacor, which makes trade show displays, reported financial irregularities to state police in Clifton Park, who worked with an auditor to uncover and trace the thefts to Hatalsky, who maintained the company's financial records. Heggen said she used company credit cards to pay for personal items for herself and her family, finance vacations and purchase numerous restaurant meals. She then created records that made the charges appear to be legitimate business expenses.

"Today she acknowledged she is responsible for these crimes and has agreed to pay restitution in the full amount to the victim, her former employer," Heggen said.

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