MASSENA -- A 36-year-old Winthrop woman is facing two felony charges in the theft of $10,413.07 from Cornell’s Dry Cleaning between December 2011 and November 2012.
Juanita M. Martinez of 388 State Route 420 was employed at Cornell's as a bookkeeper.
She was arraigned in Massena Village Court on Tuesday on one count each of first-degree falsifying business records and third-degree grand larceny. Justice Eric Gustafason ordered her released under supervision of the Probation Department, pending a future appearance.
According to a statement given to police by Kenny Cornell, who owns the dry cleaning business, he first discovered evidence of the alleged theft on Nov. 10, 2012 when he found an empty deposit bag in Martinez’s desk. It contained a slip dated Oct. 30, 2012, and he also found two other empty bags with slips dated Oct. 1 and Aug. 31, 2012. He told police he was in the desk looking for a driver’s fuel voucher to make a notation.
Cornell’s statement said on Nov. 13, 2012 he asked her to cash out at the business’s Water Street location in Massena, and after he examined her work he discovered invoices totaling $345.34. That led him to check all of her books and he discovered a total of $10,413.07 was missing.
Martinez could face up to seven years in prison if convicted.