An Orchard Park woman with a history of stealing from her employers, stiffing businesses and not paying taxes will soon be back in court for sentencing on charges that she stole from yet another employer.
Mollie McCann Poblocki, 44, has admitted that she bought shoes and a watch through online purchases with a credit card that belonged to Hamburg Mitsubishi, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Her attorney, Richard J. Friedman Jr., said she made restitution to the dealership within a week.
Her latest thefts are small compared with past transgressions.
In 2004, she nearly bankrupted a medical practice while working as the office manager. She stole nearly $65,000 by writing unauthorized checks to herself and making unauthorized credit card purchases, sometimes posing as the wife of one of the practice’s doctors.
McCann Poblocki, who went by Mollie McCann Healy at that time, was committing those thefts while serving weekends in jail for stealing thousands of dollars in merchandise from a Hamburg jewelry store where she had previously worked. She made restitution of $16,000, but the judge in the case predicted she would be back in his courtroom.
Calling her a sociopath unable to live an honest life, then-State Supreme Court Justice Joseph S. Forma said, “I’m sure you’re going to be back here. I’m sure you just won’t resist the opportunity to steal or to lie.”
Months later, she was back in his courtroom pleading guilty to fleecing Aurora Medical Practice, where doctors and even the cleaning lady had gone without paychecks.
Forma sentenced McCann Poblocki to three to six years in prison. In less than a year, she was accepted into the state prison system’s work release program that allowed her to be out of prison for up to five days a week.
Over the years, she continued to take what wasn’t hers, according to people who have had business dealings with her.
“She had run up over $3,000 in day care bills. I tried to go after her, but my lawyer couldn’t find her, and by the time we did, she was going through bankruptcy, and it would have been minimal what I would have gotten,” said Tonya L. Cross, owner of P.R.E.P. Day Care of Hamburg.
Attorney David W. Polak said he hired McCann Poblocki a few years ago to perform marketing duties at his West Seneca law office and lost nearly $1,000 on a check that bounced, though partial restitution was later made.
“She asked me if her mother could write me a check because she didn’t have enough money in her own account for a check to clear and she needed the money that day for her son’s swim coach or he would be kicked off the swim team,” Polak said. “The check from her mother, whom my mother knew, was deposited in my account, and I was notified, shortly after that, that it had bounced for insufficient funds.”
Polak said he fired McCann Poblocki “for claiming an illness when she was actually in Florida on vacation.”
A check with Erie County Clerk’s Office staff revealed additional debts owed by McCann Poblocki.
They include $3,000 to Parkside Medical Associates, $4,300 to Grace Furs and a federal tax lien of $24,000.
Neither Cross nor Polak offered any sympathy for McCann Poblocki’s latest crime.
“You know what, she deserves what she gets,” Cross said. “If this is what she has been doing in her life, she deserves to go to jail.”
Friedman, McCann Poblocki’s lawyer, said that there were issues between McCann Poblocki and Polak.
“And she was not treated well in her short time working there,” Friedman said.
McCann Poblocki is scheduled to be sentenced by Hamburg Town Justice Carl W. Morgan on June 10 for her thefts from the Mitsubishi dealership. She faces the possibility of up to a year in jail on her guilty pleas to misdemeanor petit larceny and forgery.
According to Friedman, she agreed to plead guilty on the condition that she receive probation for as little as a year.
Friedman said a promise had been made by the employer not to press criminal charges against her.
“She worked hard and tried very hard to put her past behind her in the last 10 years,” Friedman said. “To be honest with you, if not for her past, I’m not sure she would have been charged in this case.”