PLATTSBURGH — An Altona woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $1,404,320 in cash and vehicles from a local car dealership.
Julie A. Perry appeared in Clinton County Court before Judge Patrick R. McGill and admitted to second-degree grand larceny for thefts that took place when she was an office manager for Garvey Hyundai North LLC on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred between March 2005 and December 2010, when Perry illegally procured vehicles and cash by altering paperwork at the car dealership, the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office said.
Perry was originally charged with five counts first-degree grand larceny, 14 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, four counts of third-degree forgery and fourth-degree conspiracy.
A jury trial was scheduled to start Aug. 20, but Perry entered her plea on Thursday instead.
Chief Assistant District Attorney Timothy Blatchely, who is prosecuting the case, requested she be sent to Clinton County Jail to await sentencing. The judge denied his request, allowing her to remain free on bond, citing her previous $100,000 bond payment and the surrender of her passport.
Perry is scheduled to reappear in County Court on Oct. 5 for sentencing.
She faces a maximum sentence of five to 15 years in prison. She will also likely be required to repay all court fees, DNA sample fees and full restitution of the $1,404,320 in damages.
Sean Garvey, Garvey Hyundai co-owner, was traveling Thursday and unavailable for comment on the case.
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