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Auto repair shop manager pleads guilty in embezzlement

LOCKPORT – The former office manager of Heritage Automotive in Youngstown, who looted the business of more than $14,000 between June and December 2012, accepted a plea deal Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Kari A. Butski, 36, of Stephenson Avenue, Niagara Falls, was allowed to plead guilty to petit larceny in exchange for restitution to repair shop owner Allen Hastings. Defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said Butski will pay about $5,500 in about two weeks, once she receives her federal income tax refund. Faso said Butski’s sister will front the money if the IRS doesn’t come through on time.

County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said he wants at least $7,000 of the restitution paid by the time Butski is sentenced June 20.

The money was stolen through use of a business credit card and a stolen automatic teller machine card, Assistant District Attorney John P. Granchelli said.

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