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>Medical office worker admits embezzlement

Diane Ortiz, former office manager for two doctors in Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty Monday to grand larceny and state income tax fraud linked to the theft of more than $101,000 from the medical team.

Ortiz, 36, of Clifford Street, a single mother of three, was told by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. he will likely spare her from jail but order her to make some restitution to eye surgeon Dr. Theodore Prawak; his wife, general practitioner Dr. Aleksandra Pasieka; and the state Tax Department. He allowed Ortiz to remain free without bail pending her June 19 sentencing.

John C. Doscher, chief of the Erie County district attorney's White-Collar Crime Bureau, said Ortiz stole $101,232 while managing the office from April 2002 until her dismissal last fall. The tax fraud charge stems from Ortiz's understating her 2003 income by more than $30,000, the prosecutor said.

Under the plea, Ortiz will have to make payments to the two physicians and the state totaling $300 monthly for the next 10 years, Doscher said.
According to court papers, she told authorities she had a boyfriend with "a drug problem" who took all her money and prompted her to write checks out to herself, forging the doctors' signatures and cashing the checks at a Niagara Street liquor store and several banks.


>Arcade man to serve 10 years for raping girls

WARSAW -- An Arcade man will serve 10 years in prison for raping two teenage girls after he pleaded guilty to the charges Friday, Wyoming County District Attorney Gerald L. Stout said.

Michael S. Boyd, 33, admitted he assaulted 13- and 15-year-old girls during the summer of 2004 in his Arcade apartment. Boyd held parties for young people, providing them alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, authorities said.

He entered his plea to criminal sexual act, attempted rape and rape Friday before Judge Mark H. Dadd. The plea came on the fourth day of his trial on nine criminal counts.

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