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Ex-employee sentenced in theft from dental office

LOCKPORT - A former employee of a Lockport dental office was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in the Niagara County Jail for stealing $36,695 from the business from 2012 through 2014.

Dania Shaar, 30, of Tinley Park, Ill., already had served 17 days in jail. Local prisoners generally serve two-thirds of their sentences, so defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said Shaar will be released this weekend.

Shaar has paid the restitution in full, plus $2,012 she paid back to the county for the cost of extraditing her from Illinois.

Shaar had pleaded guilty Aug. 7 to two counts of petit larceny, but she withdrew the plea Dec. 3 after State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. decided he couldn’t place her on probation. Shaar re-entered the pleas Thursday in exchange for the short jail term.

The money was stolen from DPR Dentistry in the Town of Lockport, where Shaar was a dental assistant, by making nearly 50 bank deposits of forged checks.