Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 56 year old Pamela M. Blood of 262 Elmwood Avenue, Lockport, pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, as charged, before County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. These are the highest charges for which defendant could have been convicted had she been indicted and gone to trial.
Blood admitted that during the period between August 12, 2005 and September 3, 2012, while working as a paralegal, she stole over $311,699 from an elderly client. Blood was to write checks for the victim’s expenses; instead, she stole money from the unsuspecting victim by writing checks to herself. Blood used these embezzled funds for her own purposes, like the financing of a business and gambling, which she described as “making her feel good.” A family member of the victim brought Blood’s suspected embezzlement to the attention of Assistant District Attorney Candace Vogel, whose expertise includes financial elder abuse cases. Assistant District Attorney Vogel, after a preliminary investigation, directed D.A. Investigators Anthony Costantino and Mark Stambach to question Blood. Blood eventually confessed to her crimes.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 24, 2013 at 9:30 p.m. before the Hon. Thomas P. Franczyk when Blood faces a maximum prison sentence of 19 years.