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A former legal secretary to Lockport attorney Ann Giardina Hess pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing $17,000 from her office between August 2002 and last September.

Michelle A. Wojewoda, 42, of Coleman Road, Somerset, is to be sentenced for third-degree grand larceny June 16 by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III said Wojewoda is a former Lockport City Court clerk who pleaded guilty to stealing money in that job, too.

In 1997, Wojewoda received a conditional discharge after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor for skimming $8,444 worth of court filing fees between 1994 and 1996. She repaid the money.

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