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A West Seneca man previously convicted of embezzlement has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $78,000 from a Buffalo restaurant, prosecutors said.

Anthony Czamara, 52, faces a mandatory state prison term of two to seven years when acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. McCarthy sentences him Oct. 8, said John C. Doscher of the Erie County district attorney's office.

Hamburg Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman sentenced Czamara earlier this month to a nine-month jail term for a probation violation linked to his 1998 petit larceny conviction for stealing $5,000 from Hamburg's McKinley Park Inn.

Doscher said Czamara, who has talked about a "gambling problem" leading to his thefts from his various employers, has signed a confession of judgment making him financially liable for the money he stole from Harry's Harbour Place Grille.

Doscher said Czamara stole from the restaurant while handling its receipts during the 14 months he worked as its controller until last January.

Czamara was indicted Aug. 3 by a grand jury.

Doscher said Czamara is a former chief financial officer of Bishop Timon High School and a former banquet manager of McKinley Park Inn.

While operating his own travel agency, Czamara pleaded guilty in 1992 to a grand-larceny charge and repaid Timon $74,457.12 of money he stole while working as the school's financial officer, the prosecutor said.

Doscher said Czamara was spared a jail term in the Timon embezzlement but spent several weekends in jail last year and had to repay $5,000 he embezzled from McKinley Park Inn after his petit larceny conviction in Hamburg Town Court.

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