JOHNSTOWN - A Gloversville woman who stole thousands of dollars' worth of prescription painkillers and co-payments from people's prescriptions and defrauded social services was sentenced Wednesday in Fulton County Court.
Tiffany L. Wilson, 20, of 70 North St., was sentenced by Judge Polly A. Hoye to time she already served and five years of probation. The sentence, part of a plea agreement, satisfies past charges against her.
She must also pay more than $8,500 in restitution to the Fulton County Department of Social Services, Rite Aid Pharmacy in Gloversville, and a private person.
Wilson pleaded guilty May 23 to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny.
She was charged by Fulton County sheriff's investigators Feb. 10 with grand larceny and welfare fraud. Investigators said she received $1,708 in food-stamp benefits to which she was not entitled.
Wilson, a former Rite Aid Pharmacy employee, already had been charged Jan. 24 by Gloversville police.
She faced two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of third-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree scheming to defraud, all felonies. She also was charged with a count of petit larceny and a count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors.
Police accused Wilson of stealing thousands of dollars' worth of prescription painkillers as well as pocketing thousands of dollars in co-payments from people's prescriptions.
Police said when she would ring up customers' prescriptions, she would pocket their co-payments. The thefts occurred between June and November 2011 at the Rite Aid at 169 N. Main St.
Wilson was accused of stealing $3,800 in co-payments, $2,000 worth of hydrocodone pills and $500 directly from the cash register. Police said that on another occasion, Wilson was caught on surveillance video reaching into a customer's purse and stealing $600 from a handbag.
In other County Court cases from Wednesday:
- Edward C. Cuomo Jr., 50, of Schenectady, pleaded guilty before Hoye to one count of third-degree grand larceny in a plea arrangement. Sentencing was adjourned until a later date, but he is due to receive 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison, as part of a concurrent term with charges from Schenectady County.
Cuomo was arrested March 12, charged with larceny at Antonucci's Wholesale Produce Inc. of South Main Street, Gloversville. He was accused of writing bad checks.
- Matthew M. Fregin, 22, of 5 Carpenter St., Gloversville, pleaded guilty before Judge Richard C. Giardino to one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as part of a plea arrangement. Sentencing was adjourned until October, but he is slated to receive one year in the county jail and he must make $1,000 in restitution.
Fregin was charged Aug. 2 by Gloversville police with criminal possession of stolen property. He was charged in connection with a home burglary on South Judson Street in which firearms, a laptop computer and prescription drugs were stolen.
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