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Watertown woman admits covering up $33K theft from employer

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A town of Watertown woman admitted Monday in Jefferson County Court that she made false entries into her employer’s financial records to cover up the theft of more than $30,000.

Katherine E. Burch, 49, of 15624 County Route 156, pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records. She admitted that she entered inaccurate records into the books of Two Plus Four Management, Syracuse, owners of Kelsey Creek Apartments, 1206 Superior St., and Washington Courts Apartments and Carthage Apartments II on Washington Street in Carthage, which she managed on behalf of the company.

It was alleged that she falsified bank statements and failed to submit $33,229 in rent payments to the property management company. She is expected to be ordered to pay full restitution at sentencing Sept. 30, at least $10,000 of which must be paid up front.

In other court activity:

Selina E. Sochia, 19, whose last known address was 27882 County Route 111, Redwood, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny as a result of one incident and fourth-degree criminal mischief as a result of a second. She admitted that in July 2012, with a man, she stole more than $1,000 worth of computers from Walmart Supercenter, outer Arsenal Street. She also admitted that on Dec. 27 she took a telephone from an unidentified woman to prevent the woman from calling police. She is expected to be sentenced Aug. 26 to a year in the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building.

Tajemar M. Brandon, 17, of 823 Academy St., admitted violating probation by being charged July 6 with second-degree criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of child. Those charges, which allege he sold marijuana to a 15-year-old boy, remain pending. He is due to be resentenced on the probation violation Aug. 26. Information about why he was serving probation was not available from the court.

Wesley D. Taylor, 21, Watertown, was sentenced to 13 weekends already served at the PSB and five years’ probation for an April 29 guilty plea to aggravated cruelty to animals. He admitted that he shot his dog in the face at his Academy Street residence on June 4 and then left the residence without seeking medical treatment for the animal. According to an indictment in the matter, the dog was in a crate when it was shot, which resulted in the dog’s death.

Lamar A. Perkins, 24, town of Pamelia, was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the PSB and five years’ probation for June 11 guilty pleas to fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property as a result of three separate incidents. He also was ordered to pay about $5,900 in total restitution. He admitted that on Nov. 3 he stole a gold necklace and a pair of earrings belonging to Chassidy J. Macon, Watertown, from a room at Holiday Inn Express, 1290 Arsenal St. He also admitted that on March 11 in Watertown he possessed two gold rings and two necklaces that had been stolen from Mario A. Mendez, Watertown. He further admitted that he used a stolen credit card belonging to Taylor E. Fleming on Feb. 19 to buy $44.36 worth of merchandise at Family Dollar, 146 Arsenal St.

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