Modified: June 14, 2017 10:42am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 55-year-old Billie Becker of East Aurora has been sentenced by Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case to 4-12 years in prison for stealing more than $4 million while working at a local automotive group.
In March, Becker pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the First Degree and Criminal Tax Fraud in the Third Degree.
Between May 2009 and November 2016, Becker, the former comptroller for the Towne Auto Group, admitted stealing more than 4.1 million dollars from the car dealership by writing company checks to pay for personal bills and wiring money from the company into her personal bank accounts. Becker also owes New York State more than $256,000 in taxes on the stolen money.
Becker claimed she used the money to help care for the Dressage horses she owned and for online video games.
Becker has made more than $1 million in restitution and has been ordered to continue paying back the money starting two months after her release from prison.
DA Flynn commends the investigative work of the Orchard Park Police Department, including Detective John Payne.
Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau prosecuted the case.