Third Time Not a Charm for Embezzling, Tax-Dodging Bookkeeper

Modified: July 23, 2013 1:02pm


Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 58 year old Mary Jane Hagler of 47 Rosedale, Hamburg, pleaded guilty this afternoon to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, as charged, before County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. 

Hagler admitted that during the period January, 2003 through December, 2012, while employed as a bookkeeper for Pearce and Pearce Co., Inc., 900 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Buffalo, she stole approximately $800,000 by writing unauthorized checks payable to herself and charging personal purchases on the company’s credit card. Hagler also admitted to evading state income tax by failing to report these ill-gotten earnings on her New York State Income Tax returns.

The case was successfully prosecuted by John C. Doscher, Chief of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel. 

Because of her two previous criminal convictions, Hagler faces 5 ½ to 11 years in state prison as a second felony offender when she is sentenced before Judge Franczyk on September 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.