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Oakes charged with stealing money from attorney who wouldn’t represent her

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PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Massena-based state police picked up Tanya Oakes, 40, of 58 McCumber Road, Cornwall, Ont., on an arrest warrant for petit larceny when she attempted to cross into the United States Thursday afternoon at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown..

She allegedly stole $450 from Clifford M. Sunday’s wallet when she was at his residence at 10:30 p.m. July 12. Oakes was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gera;d P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

Mr. Sunday said he had left with wallet on an end table at his residence that night. He said a short while later his fiance, Gabrielle Laplant; Sara Swamp and Oakes arrived at his residence. He described Ms. Swamp as Ms. Laplant’s friend.

“Tanya was upset with me that I didn’t represent her in a case,” Mr. Sunday, an attorney, noted in his statement to troopers. “Shortly after, Tanya said everything was fine and wanted to leave.”

He said he discovered the money was missing from his wallet the next day when he was preparing to go golfing. He said Ms. Swamp contacted him and told him Oakes had admitted stealing the money.

Ms. Swamp, in her statement to troopers, said she had hung out with Oakes for approximately an hour an a half on the evening of July 12, the night before her birthday. She said they went to Sunday’s residence and then she dropped Oakes off the at the Brass Horse at approximately 10:30 p.m. that night.

“Clifford called me the next day asking me for Tanya’s phone number because he was missing money out of his wallet. Tanya ended up coming over to my house at about 11 a.m. July 13. I asked her where Clifford’s money was, and she said, ‘Yeah, I took it, and it is in my wallet.’ Tanya then told me that her wallet was stolen at the Brass Horse so she didn’t have the money,” Ms. Swamp note din her statement.

She said she later learned Oakes had found her wallet on the couch and sent her a Facebook note asking her to “make things right” with Mr. Sunday.

“Tanya wrote back and said that she was sorry for being a disappointment. Tanya continued to write that she did it and was a dirt bag and that she took his money and actually still had it. Tanya also has a drug addiction,” Ms. Swamp pointed out in her statement to state police.

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