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Woman admits embezzlement from Lockport business

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda woman, who paid full restitution for money she stole from a former employer when she pleaded guilty Nov. 13, was granted a conditional discharge Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Brooke A. Smith, 22, of Sweeney Street, had been allowed to plead guilty to a reduced charge of petit larceny. She paid back $8,605.69 to A&A Beauty Supply of Lockport. She looted the money while working there between Nov. 20 and March 29, 2013.

Farkas, who said the restitution money actually came from Smith’s mother, complimented a bank teller for noticing that a check purportedly from Smith’s employer bore a forged signature.