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Wexford comptroller had a good gig … while it lasted

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Patricia Smith, the former comptroller for the Baierl Acura dealership in Wexford, lived lavishly for 6½ years.

Ten vehicles graced the driveways of her four homes, including a restored barn in the Hamptons. She and her friends watched the Super Bowl from club-level seats and enjoyed meals catered by celebrity chefs.

Smith spent $1.8 million to travel via private jet. Louis Vuitton luggage and designer jewelry made for a swanky lifestyle—especially for someone who earned $50,000 a year.

She told friends and family members she had gotten rich by investing in airline stocks.

Not quite. Smith is trading in haute couture for prison coveralls after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $10 million from her employer between late 2004 and July 2011. She confessed to making more than 800 wire transfers from Baierl Acura’s bank account into her own.

Her sentence: 78 months in prison, followed by three years of probation. She must also pay back the $10,349,569 she stole.

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