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2018-08-08 / Local News

Amherst resident sentenced for stealing from employer

Fifty-six-year-old William Gajewski, of Amherst, has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to six months in jail followed by five years’ probation for stealing from his employer, according to Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn. Gajewski was sentenced on Aug. 1.

Gajewski admitted to stealing $318,000 from Buffalo Rheumatology and Medicine in Orchard Park between March 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2016, while employed as the office manager. He also admitted to forging documents for false expenses to support checks that he deposited into his personal bank account, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

In May 2018, Gajewski pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree and forgery in the second degree. He has paid full restitution.

In addition to his sentence, Gajewski must pay $10,000 in fines and serve 1,000 hours of community service.

Flynn commends the investigative work of Detective John Payne of the Orchard Park Police Department and the state Department of Taxation and Finance.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Candace K. Vogel and Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau.

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