ST. JOHNSVILLE - A former bookkeeper at an area car dealership who pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery in November was sentenced to a year in jail after a violation of her probation.
Joanne Strobel, 49, of 37 N. Division St., St. Johnsville, was sentenced to one year in Montgomery County Jail on Sept. 18 after she pleaded guilty in July of violating her probation after failing to pay back almost $150,000 she stole from Sitterly's Quality Used Cars between January 2009 and March 2011, according to the office of Montgomery County District Attorney James "Jed" Conboy.
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, Strobel wrote checks from the business account to pay her utility bills, cell phone bill and automobile insurance. She also wrote personal checks to herself from the business account and cashed them, the department said.
Strobel originally was charged in May 2011. Pleading guilty to the charges in November 2011, she was released on 5-years probation on the condition she would pay back the $150,000 she stole. The District Attorney's office said that she had not paid back the money and charged her with violating her parole on May 31.