Tupper woman admits stealing $10k from employer

A Tupper Lake woman pleaded guilty this week to stealing thousands of dollars from the supermarket where she worked.

Tiffany J. Fifield, 23, was arrested in December of last year and charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.

Franklin County Assistant District Attorney Gary Pasqua said Fifield stole roughly $10,000 from Sav-A-Lot on Demars Boulevard, where she had worked as a cashier.

“I think it was fake returns over about a year’s period, basically indicating something had been returned and then pocketing the money,” Pasqua said. He said Fifield has since paid the money back in full.

Fifield pleaded guilty to both charges Monday during an appearance before county court Judge Robert Main Jr. in Malone. She was sentenced to five years of probation and a $1,000 fine.

Pasqua said the DA’s office originally made a plea offer that would have included jail time.

“But because she pled to all the charges against her, and the fact that she paid restitution up front, I think the court took that into account when making its decision,” Pasqua said.

Not-guilty plea

In other court action Monday, a Gabriels man pleaded not guilty to drug sale and possession charges.

In October 2010, a Franklin County grand jury indicted Patrick J. Hahne, 38, on two counts each of fifth-degree criminal sale and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges stem from incidents in August 2009.

Hahne was arraigned before Judge Main. After entering not guilty pleas, his case was adjourned pending a June 24 court conference.

Hahne was remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.