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February 26, 2013

Saranac Lake woman guilty of theft loses appeal


Prosecutors said Farnsworth made more than 400 purchases and cash-advance transactions totaling $80,000 and another $21,000 in gasoline purchases and $6,000 in telephone bills.


At the same time, she gave herself annual salary increases, they said.

Her annual pay went from $35,000 in 2004 to $43,000 in 2005 then to $58,000 in 2006 and to $61,000 in 2007. She would have made $74,000 in 2008, but she was fired that February.

Walsh testified that employees were typically given a 3 percent annual raise in August and a Christmas bonus.

Farnsworth, who was released on parole in September 2012, also claimed her sentence was excessive and harsh.

But the judges said the prison term set by County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. was appropriate.

Letters he received before the sentencing described Farnsworth as a hardworking, devoted mother of two small children, and she had no criminal record.

The Appellate Court said Main “balanced those factors against the magnitude of the deceit involved in stealing — over the course of several years — such a large amount of money from a small health-care practice whose owners trusted and helped her.”

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