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Former Lancaster schools clerk pleads guilty to stealing to pay her own bills

A former clerk for the Lancaster Central School District pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to stealing from the district to pay her personal bills.

Rhonda Greco, 48, of Lancaster pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court to committing grand larceny in the third degree and 10 counts of falsifying business records for writing 10 checks on district accounts to pay her utility bills. Between October 2014 and September 2015, when the theft was discovered, she paid nearly $3,500 in district money to cover her bills for NYSEG, National Fuel and Verizon Wireless.

Greco resigned from her job in the district’s accounts payable office in September.

Greco’s attorney said Wednesday he was prepared to turn over a check for the full amount of restitution, $3,461.71.

Although the penalty for the grand larceny conviction can be as much as seven years in prison, Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told Greco that she would be inclined, when pronouncing sentence, to consider probation – provided that Greco lead a law-abiding life, cooperate with probation authorities and not work for the school district. Greco remains free on her own recognizance pending sentencing.