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HAMBURG WOMAN HEADED TO JAIL FOR EMBEZZLEMENT

A woman accused of stealing $557,000 from a giant toy maker was ordered Tuesday to spend six months in jail and make partial restitution over the next 10 years. Erie County Judge Michael A. Amico imposed the sentence on Yvette Wloch, 27, of Hamburg.

Assistant District Attorney John Doscher said Wloch embezzled the money from Mattel while working in the mail room of its Fisher-Price subsidiary in East Aurora between late 2002 and early this year.

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to grand larceny, deposited checks from Mattel customers -- mistakenly sent to Fisher-Price -- in four accounts she set up. She falsely told bank managers Mattel had authorized her to handle the money, Doscher said.

Before the scam was uncovered, Wloch withdrew $203,000, some of which went to purchase three automobiles, he said. The vehicles were recovered and sold at auction to partially reimburse Mattel.

D'Amico warned Wloch she will face five to 15 years in prison if she fails to make scheduled restitution payments of $400 a month, totaling $48,000, over the next decade. A civil judgment was entered against her for $146,000 -- the balance of what she owes Mattel.

The sentence also settled her guilty plea to a prior welfare fraud charge, Doscher said.

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