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Crime

Chautauqua County woman pleads guilty to stealing from home care agency

A Chautauqua County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly a quarter of a million dollars from the health care agency where she served as business manager.

The U.S. Attorney's Office said Alicia Raynor, 42, of Westfield pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John D. Fabian, who is handling the case, said Raynor managed the finances and payroll for Compasion at Home, an agency that provides in-home health care and services to the elderly.

She diverted $238,871.58 of the agency's accounts to herself. From 2013-2016, she also failed to report $1,214,444 in payments from the agency on her income tax filings.

Raynor will be sentenced July 8 before U.S. District Judge John Sinatra.