ITHACA, N.Y. — A woman pleaded guilty Tuesday morning to misdemeanor petit larceny after stealing nearly $5,000 from her Ithaca employer.

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Sheila Shattuck was originally charged with third-degree grand larceny and 16 counts of first-degree falsifying business records in regard to the reported crime.

Sheila Shattuck
Sheila Shattuck

Under the pea deal she accepted, she could face as much as one year in prison or as little as being released on conditional discharge — meaning she would stay out of jail as long as she isn’t charged with additional crimes for a year.

Shattuck is accused of stealing $4,530.60 by pocketing cash payments from customers at Fall Creek Family Dentistry and altering credit card records to hide the thefts. She’s also accused of stealing furniture and appliances.

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Shattuck was charged with the crimes in January 2015 and has, on multiple occasions, rejected plea deals and maintained her innocence.

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On Thursday, Shattuck was taken into custody again after being charged with a new seven-point indictment and taken into custody by Ithaca police. The new indictment included the following charges:

— First-degree offering a false instrument for filing on Nov. 20, 2014

— Second-degree forgery on Nov. 17, 2014

— Second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Nov. 17, 2014

— First-degree offering false instrument for filing on Jan. 20, 2015

— Second-degree forgery on Jan. 12, 2015

—  Second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Jan. 12, 2015

— Second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument on Feb. 11, 2016

The Tompkins County District Attorney’s Office said these charges are still pending and were not a part of the plea deal Shattuck accepted Tuesday.

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Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.