Massena woman sentenced Thursday for stealing from nursing home now charged with embezzling from Grange
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 2:38 pm

MASSENA -- A woman sentenced yesterday to probation for stealing $18,000 from the Highland Nursing Home when she worked there as business manager was today charged with two new felonies for allegedly stealing from the Massena Grange.

Wendy Vice, 45, of 597 County Route 40 is facing one count each of second-degree forgery and third-degree grand larceny.

Massena Village Police Investigator Jason Olson said Vice is accused of embezzling more than $3,000 from the Massena Grange over "several days between 2012 and 2013." She served at the groups treasurer at the time, Olson said, and allegedly forge names to Grange checks to facilitate the alleged theft. The investigator said the case came to light in August 2013.

Vice was arraigned this morning in Massena Village Court and released under supervision of the Probation Department, pending a future appearance.

In the nursing home case, Vice pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of petit larceny, having originally been charged in July with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery, and first-degree falsifying business records.

A felony complaint from that case said she diverted $18,208.76. from Highland residents' accounts. In addition to probation, she was also ordered by Massena Justice Gerald Sharlow to seek counseling for a gambling problem.