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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Former county employee pleads guilty to tampering with public records

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  • BATH | A former Steuben County employee pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree tampering with public records, a felony, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said Wednesday in a press release.
    Melissa A. Olin, 34, of Avoca, stole more than $20,000 and made false entries in the treasurer’s tax receipt book to conceal it, Baker said.
    She was arrested Sept. 2, 2013 after an investigation into suspicious receipts and money missing from the Treasurer’s Office.
    County Treasurer Patrick Donnelly notified authorities after he discovered irregularities in computer-generated tax receipt records, Baker said.
    Tuesday, Olin waived her right to a grand jury hearing and pleaded guilty before Judge Marianne Furfure in Steuben County Court.
    Olin faces up to three years in prison when she is sentenced March 19, 2015. As part of her plea, she will also be required to make full restitution. She has already paid back $10,000, Baker said.
    She was a senior account clerk and typist at the time of her arrest.
    Sr. Inv. Curt Eaton and Inv. Jason Wood with the New York State Police in Bath led the investigation.

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