Former senior center supervisor sentenced to probation for stealing over $100,000 from employer

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A former Grand Island senior center employee was sentenced Thursday for stealing money to support her gambling addiction.

Barbara Gannon, 71, of Grand Island was given 5 years probation, according to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

Between July 2011 and December 2017 Gannon admitted to stealing $110,671 while employed as a supervisor at the Golden Age Center in the Town of Grand Island.

Last January the town supervising accountant conducted an audit and missing funds were discovered for expenses that were unpaid. 

Gannon retired in 2017 and was no longer working at the center during the investigation.

She pleaded guilty to grand larceny in February and also admitted the stolen money was to support her addiction to playing slot machines at a local casino. 

Gannon will pay $200 per month in restitution and she is not permitted to enter any casino or participate in any online gambling.

Officials say she’s required to seek counseling for her addiction and perform 140 hours of community service. 

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