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October 6, 2012

Altona woman sentenced for Garvey Hyundi larcenies

PLATTSBURGH — A former Garvey Hyundai North employee was sentenced to state prison Friday for stealing $1,404,320 in cash and cars from the dealership.

She pleaded guilty on Aug. 2 to second-degree grand larceny.

Julie Perry, 41, of Altona was given an indeterminate sentence of at least five years with up to 15 years in prison.

She was ordered to pay full restitution of more than $1.4 million and a $5,000 fine, along with other court charges and a DNA sample fee.

RETIREMENT SPENT

The decision handed down by Clinton County Court Judge Patrick R. McGill came after State Police investigators, the District Attorney’s Office and dealership owner Sean Garvey spent 22 months painstakingly poring over years’ worth of paperwork showing Perry illegally procured vehicles and altered bookkeeping to pocket money for her own personal use from March 2005 through December 2010.

“She can’t steal anymore from me, so now she steals my time,” he said addressing the court, looking directly at a motionless Perry.

He said his Tom Miller Road dealership in Plattsburgh came dangerously close to closing it after falling out of trust with its bank as a result of the fraudulent transactions, causing distress within his family and the other employees there.

“All $850,000 my family had saved for retirement was used to prevent Garvey Hyundai North from going out of business,” he added.

‘SAID SORRY’

Garvey later asked the judge for at least 10, with up to 15 years, in prison time for Perry as a result of the “zero restitution, zero remorse” she showed since her December 2010 arrest at the dealership.

Assistant District Attorney Tim Blatchley, who prosecuted the case, said she had made no attempt to make any repayment to Garvey since her arrest.

He called Perry “unremorseful” and said the larcenies, which added up to “hundreds and hundreds of counts” started almost immediately after she was hired.

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