Ithaca, N.Y. — A local woman has admitted to stealing over $30,000 from an Ithaca business, according to law enforcement.

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The Ithaca Police Department announced the arrest on Wednesday.

Irene Dixon, 33, of Ithaca, faces charges of third-degree grand larceny, a felony. She is accused of taking the money from Classen Home Health Associates by submitting fraudulent time sheets.

Police say Dixon admitted to the crime. in an interview in the police department on Jan. 15.

Police were first alerted to a fraud complaint at Classen Home Health Associates on Nov. 3, 2014.

The business owner said that Dixon was able to steal $31,388 because “she was responsible for matching employee time sheets, including her own, to the actual hours worked,” according to a statement from IPD.

“The business owner explained to officers that the fraudulent time sheets were discovered as an in-house larceny and did not involve any “over-billing” of clients and/or any clients themselves having money stolen from them.

Dixon has been released after being arraigned in Ithaca City Court.

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.