WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Lancaster man is heading to prison after pocketing profits from a store that sells Christian goods.
Officials say 35-year-old Richard Pascucci admitted to stealing $100,000 in funds from the western New York business while working at Bender’s Christian Store by falsifying gift certificate records and removing the cash value thereafter.
The theft isn’t the first on Pasucci’s record. Officials say he also has been convicted of stealing funds from two elderly clients he served as a financial adviser. He’s also been convicted of filing a false New York State tax return.
As part of his sentencing, a judge mandated Pascucci repay all funds he stole from the store in full while also sentencing the man to prison for four to eight years.