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June 17, 2014

North Tonawanda man pleads guilty to embezzling from elderly aunt

A North Tonawanda man faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison after pleading guilty Monday to second-degree grand larceny in state Supreme Court after prosecutors said he embezzled $215,000 from an elderly relative.

Donald E. Gubbins, 64, of Webster Street, admitted before Acting State Supreme Court Judge John J. Michalski he accessed bank accounts belong to his 87-year-old aunt who was living in a nursing home. Between Jan. 1, 2008 and Jan. 1, 2014 Gubbins took $215,121 from the woman's account. He had gained access after being granted her power of attorney, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said.

Prosecutors said he used the money to keep his business out of debt. He faces sentencing on the charge, the top count on the indictment, in October.

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