Former SPCA Employee Admits to Stealing Funds

Stole $30,000 from SPCA Serving Erie County

Tom Puckett
August 08, 2019 - 1:45 pm

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) A former employee of the SPCA Serving Erie County pleads guilty to stealing more than $30,000.

53-year-old Elizabeth Tyler of Buffalo pleaded guilty to grand larceny in State Supreme Court.

Tyler admitted that between January 1, 2015 and June 20, 2019, she stole $30,784.13 while working at the SPCA Serving Erie County. An audit conducted by the SPCA uncovered the theft, which was reported to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. The SPCA says the money represented payment for services, and did not include donations received by the SPCA. The SPCA fired Tyler earlier this year.

As part of her plea, Tyler agreed to pay full restitution by the date of her sentencing, which is scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2019 at 2 p.m. This morning, she appeared in court with her attorney who indicated that a check in the amount of $15,392 will be paid to the SPCA Serving Erie County by tomorrow morning.

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