Former bookkeeper steals $500,000 from local doctor

Posted at 2:07 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 16:46:35-05

A former bookkeeper at an Amherst doctor's office admitted to stealing $500,000 from the practice.

District Attorney John Flynn says Justine Smith, 56, pleaded guilty to grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing.

According to the DA, Smith stole half a million dollars from the office of Dr. Samuel Shatkin by falsifying the business financial records.

Smith says she suffers from a compulsive buying disorder, according to officials.

Smith faces up to 15 years in prison.