ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County District Attorney’s office dropped a seven-count indictment on a woman days before her trial is set to start for allegedly stealing more than $4,000 from her employer.
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Sheila Shattuck is charged with third-degree grand larceny and 16 counts of first-degree falsifying business records in regard to the reported crime. She’s 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.
On Thursday afternoon, however, she was indicted on the following charges and taken into custody by the Ithaca Police Department:
— 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
She was taken into custody at the Tompkins County Courthouse by Ithaca police officers.
A previous plea deal offered reduced prison time of two to four years and a reduction to one count of fourth-degree grand larceny if she paid back the money she’s accused of stealing. Shattuck rejected the deal and maintains her innocence.
Jury selection for the trial is scheduled to start Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Dan Johnson requested that Shattuck’s bail be increased to $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond in light of the new indictment. She’s already been released on $3,000 bail.
Judge Joseph Cassidy said he agreed that bail should be increased in light of the new charges, but not to the extent requested. He doubled her bail.
Shattuck was taken into custody and, as of Friday morning, is no longer remanded at the Tompkins County Jail, an official said.
Correction: This story originally stated that Shattuck was facing new a six-count indictment when, in fact, she is facing a new seven-count indictment.
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