Buffalo Lawmaker's Spouse Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT

By John Borsa

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April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When Jayme Smith was working for the Buffalo Bills and the NFL lockout was looming, she feared she would lose her job and started looking for another job.

She found one on Craigslist and applied for a payroll processing post. She bought a computer, printer and check paper and began printing checks, eventually totally more than $500,000.

"They sent her instructions via email and text messages to purchase a printer and a computer - they sent her routing numbers and directed her to mail checks," said Smith's attorney, John Elmore.

Prosecutors say the job was a scam and Smith knew it.

On Monday, the 35-year-old pleaded guilty to bank fraud charges.

Smith is the wife of Buffalo Common Council member Demone Smith.

Smith said he had no knowledge of his wife's actions until investigators started looking into it.

"She thought that it was a real job and turned to find out it was an Internet predator. She's taken full responsibility for the parts that she played and that's where we are now," Demone Smith said.

Council President Richard Fontana said Smith cannon be held responsible for the actions of his wife, and therefore he is not the subject of any inquiry regarding the illegal activity.

"No, it's not a reflection on the individual if the wife is accused in any field. We all like to know what's happening, but we're not part of that marriage, we don't know," Fontana said.