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New York woman accused of stealing $3,000 from town

A recent post here discussed the differences between various theft crimes. This information is important, especially in light of a recent story about a woman who is being charged with larceny in the third degree.

A 75-year-old New York woman accused of stealing town funds has been charged with larceny in the third degree. The woman allegedly stole more than $3,000 from the Cayuga County town of Springport. She was the town tax collector. The missing funds were allegedly stolen between January 28 and March 18.

Larceny is a serious crime. According to the New York Penal Code, a person can face criminal charges of third-degree grand larceny if that person is accused of unlawfully taking property worth more than $3,000. Third-degree grand larceny is a class D felony.

Felony crimes are taken much more seriously than misdemeanor crimes. In addition to lengthier prison sentences, a felony conviction can sometimes affect a person's rights even after they are released from prison. Those convicted of felonies may in some circumstances lose their voting rights and may not be able to hold a public office. Depending on the type of crime committed, in some cases having a felony conviction will make it so that the accused cannot live in certain places. And, in some cases, a felony conviction could result in a life sentence in prison.

The consequences for committing a felony vary from state to state, and can have different repercussions depending on the type of crime committed. A conviction for a felony can have life-long consequences. That is why it for those accused of a felony crime to make sure they understand the consequences of the charges they face and work to create an effective plan of defense.

Source: syracuse.com, "Central New York tax collector charged with taking town funds," Elizabeth Doran, July 30, 2014

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