JCC Bookstore Employee Accused Of Stealing Over $50K

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An ex-employee of the Jefferson Community College bookstore is accused of stealing over $50,000.

Watertown city police say 41 year old Nancy Lear of Dexter allegedly took the money by making false computer entries that showed books in inventory that did not exist.

That way, police said, she was able to receive cash in exchange for the nonexistent books.

Police say they alleged thefts occurred from April through November of this year.

Lear was charged with second degree grand larceny and falsifying business records.

She was arraigned in Watertown city court and released on her own recognizance.

Lear was employed by JCC's Faculty-Student Association (FSA), which runs the bookstore.

The FSA terminated Lear's employment effective December 10.

FSA executive director David J. Schissler said in a statement that Lear's arrest proves the bookstore's policies were working as they should.

"We have an internal system of checks and balances in place and we are fortunate that the system did exactly what it was supposed to do," he said.

Schissler said a discrepancy with the inventory was first discovered by the bookstore's director of retail operations on November 30.

A look at the bookstore's computer system confirmed the initial discrepancy and identified others, Schissler said. That's when FSA officials called police.

"At this point forward, the case is in the hands of law enforcement officials to work through the judicial process," he said.

"This is an extremely serious and unfortunate situation for any organization to be involved in," said college president Carole McCoy.

"However," McCoy said, "I'm pleased with the quick action of the Faculty Student Association, the cooperation of all bookstore employees and the assistance of the Watertown City Police Department in the investigation."

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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