A woman who stole over a million dollars from a Cortland County business was sentenced to state prison in county court on Tuesday.
Jeanne M. Parr, 55 of Groton, stole $1,080,353.91 from J.D. Ferro Roofing on State Route 13 in Cortland County for several years, according to court documents. Parr is a former employee of the business.
Parr was convicted in March of first-degree grand larceny (a Class-B Felony), second-degree grand larceny (a Class-C Felony) and first-degree falsifying business records (a Class-E Felony).
For the two grand larceny convictions, Parr was sentenced to 5-to-15 years in prison, followed by two years of post-release supervision. She was sentenced to a 1-to-3 years in prison for her falsifying business records conviction.
Parr’s sentencing will run concurrent with each other, county judge David Alexander said on Tuesday.
According to court documents, J.D. Ferro Roofing’s business records showed that Parr stole $34,706.77 in 2016, $227,011.65 in 2017, $280,010.08 in 2018, $368,479.93 in 2019 and $170,145.50 in 2020.
Parr’s bouts of theft included putting $54,000 in her retirement account, stated in the court documents.
The owner of the Virgil-based roofing company became aware of the funds missing when he noticed his business “was suffering” and “in debt for over $400,000.”
Assistant district attorney Ric Van Donsel said it was a “systematic theft, larceny and fraud” that occurred over a period of five years.
“She took advantage of an entrusting employer,” Van Donsel said, noting not only was the company owner affected by Parr’s actions, but employees of the business and Cortland County overall as well.
Parr’s statement on Tuesday included her taking full responsibility during her trial, adding that she should have “taken things differently” and go on “different avenues to request help.”
Despite Parr’s statement, she maintained her innocence by filing to appeal her sentencing.
Further details on Parr’s appeal remain to be seen.