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WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO STEALING MONEY, BOOKS

A former bookkeeper for an Amherst doctor pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing more than $5,400 from her employer and almost $11,000 worth of books from area libraries.

Sarah Kabel, 27, of Greenfield Street, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Mario J. Rossetti to grand larceny and scheming to defraud for crimes committed between May 2003 and June 2004.

Candace K. Vogel, a financial crimes prosecutor in the Erie County district attorney's office, told the judge that Kabel bilked her physician employer out of $5,470 while handling office accounts until she was fired last year.

Vogel also told the judge that Kabel stole more than 100 medical books from the county library system and two college libraries and sold them to local bookstores over the past two years.

The prosecutor said Kabel falsely checked out expensive books from the three library systems, using her maiden name and those of her husband and brother.

Officials of the Buffalo & Erie County Library alerted law enforcement agencies of the problem, Vogel said. Kabel also used the scheme to steal books from Erie Community College and the University at Buffalo.

Kabel remained free without bail, pending her July 19 sentencing. The judge told her that while she will be ordered to make full restitution to the Amherst doctor -- who was not identified -- and all three library systems, he will likely place her on probation for the next five years.

Rossetti warned her that she faces up to eight years in state prison should she commit any further crimes while on probation.

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