- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A Long Island bookkeeper who stole more than $250,000 from her employer has been sentenced to up to 4½ years in prison.

Nassau County prosecutors say 63-year-old Doreen Goucher pleaded guilty in November to grand larceny.

She was sentenced on Monday to 1½ to 4½ years in prison. She was also ordered to pay $258,731 in restitution.

Prosecutors say that between 2006 and 2011, Goucher worked as a bookkeeper for an architect in Atlantic Beach. She admitted forging her employer’s signature on 116 checks. The money was used to pay off credit cards, a home equity loan and trips to the Caribbean.

The theft was discovered after an internal audit. Goucher was fired in 2011.

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