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Former Walmart employee jailed for stealing cash from Massena store


MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with stealing $70 from her cash register this past summer when she was employee at Walmart while on probation for a felony scheme to defraud conviction from St. Lawrence County Court has been sentenced to serve 12 days in the county jail.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Carmen L. Kingsley, 39, of 8 Bucktown Road, Massena, to make restitution of $77 for her guilty plea to a reduced count of attempted petit larceny. She was represented by Canton attorney Charles B. Nash.

Kingsley, in a statement she provided authorities, said she has stolen $50 from Walmart and then another $20 from her register when she was working. She said she used money on both occasions to buy food.

The Massena woman had been sentenced to 180 days in the county correctional facility and placed on probation for five years in August 2009 for a first-degree scheme to defraud conviction in county court.

She had been charged with opening an account with a $20 deposit, writing over $5,000 worth of checks to various businesses in the area in the summer of 2008 and then fleeing to Illinois. She was charged when she returned to New York state in February 2009.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Alexis Gondash, 24, of 6 Garfield Ave., Massena, was granted a 12-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Her charges of second-degree criminal contempt and unlawful possession of marijuana will be dismissed if she commits no further offenses over the next year. She was represented by attorney Krista Freego.

Gondash had been charged with allowing Peter Shantie in her residence on Oct. 15 hours after St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Cecily L. Morris had signed an order of protection directing Shantie not to be at the residence.

Ms. Freego said Shantie had simply stopped at the residence to pick up his belongings.

“It was a technical violation, but it is not something that a 12-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal can’t satisfy,” St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew W. Botts said.

■ Joshua Burr, 24, of Liberty Avenue, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. He had been charged with urinating on the Main Street sidewalk at 2:10 a.m. Oct. 26.

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