© 2022 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Doctor's former bookkeeper gets prison for embezzlement

The former bookkeeper of an Amherst plastic surgeon has been sentenced for embezzling.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says Justine Smith, 52 of Buffalo, has been sentenced to 2-6 years in prison for embezzling $500,000 between January 2011 and October 2016 from the office of Dr. Samuel Shatkin.

Authorities said she was able to steal the money by falsifying business financial records.

Smith has paid back nearly $62,000, and she has been ordered to make restitution for the remaining amount.