Three Plead Guilty as Charged in $1.3 Million Trading Card Theft

Modified: October 9, 2014 2:01pm

9/12/2014

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 31 year-old Aaron Hollars of N. Hill Drive in the Town of West Seneca, 30 year-old Anthony Martone of Marine Dr. in the Town of Amherst, and 25 year-old David Woods of Greencastle Lane in the Village of Williamsville, all pleaded guilty as charged to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth F. Case.  These are the highest charges for which the defendants could have been convicted had they gone to trial. In other words, they did not receive a so-called “plea bargain” and were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. 

Between January 1, 2013 and July17, 2014, Hollars stole over $800,000, Martone stole over $100,000 and Woods stole over $400,000, from Dave and Adam’s Card World, where they had been employed as sales persons. They did so by taking advantage of a computer software flaw used to process retail transactions. Exploiting this flaw, they stole a total $1.3 million before their nefarious activities were discovered.

Each defendant faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison when they are sentenced on January 8, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Case. 

The case was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Candace K. Vogel, who is assigned to DA Sedita’s Financial Crimes Bureau. DA Sedita also lauded the investigation of Erie County Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Brinkerhoff.