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Woman withdraws guilty plea in dental office embezzlement

LOCKPORT – A woman who had admitted stealing $36,695 from a Lockport dental office where she once worked withdrew her guilty plea Thursday after State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. decided she didn’t deserve probation.

Kloch gave Dania Shaar the option to go back on her admission to two reduced counts of petit larceny, and she decided to go to trial on the original indictment, charging her with two counts of third-degree grand larceny.

Kloch could have sent Shaar to the Niagara County Jail for up to two years on her guilty plea. If she is convicted as charged at trial, Kloch could sentence her to up to 14 years in state prison.

Shaar, 29, now of Tinley Park, Ill., was a dental assistant at DPR Dentistry. She was charged with stealing the money from February through November 2012 and from September 2013 through April 2014. When she pleaded guilty in August, Kloch told Shaar she would receive probation if she paid back all the money by her sentencing date, as well as Niagara County’s $2,012 cost for extraditing her from Illinois. The restitution was not paid.