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Former OCC employee who stole students’ tuition payments gets two years in prison

A former cashier in the Bursar’s Office at Onondaga Community College who stole thousands of dollars in tuition payments will spend the next two years behind bars.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - A former cashier in the Bursar’s Office at Onondaga Community College who stole thousands of dollars in tuition payments will spend the next two years behind bars.

Kathleen Kane of East Syracuse was sentenced to 2 consecutive 1-year prison terms.

She will have to pay $206,000 in restitution.

Kane worked at OCC for about 20 years.

Investigators said Kane would accept cash payments from students and issue them a receipt. They say she would then go back into the computer systems and change records to say the payments were made by check and then keep the cash herself.

Emil Rossi, Kane's attorney, said after the sentencing, "Both sides felt that on the one hand, the sentence reflected the seriousness of the crime, but on the other hand that it reflected the fact that aside from the situation, Kathleen Kane lived a very decent and unblemished life."

Onondaga County Assistant District Attorney Matthew Dotzler said, "I believe it's a fair and just sentence. It is her first offense, her first involvement in the criminal justice system."

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