Former jewelry store manager pleads guilty to stealing jewels, money from store

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A former employee of a jewelry store pleaded guilty to stealing $100,000 worth of inventory and money from the store in a span of nearly a year, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

38-year-old Jason Badagliacca, of Orchard Park, stole stones and jewelry from the store and then sold the items on the side, as well as pocketed cash payments from customers who financed purchases made on their account. The thefts took place between Sept. 14, 2021 and Aug. 9, 2022 while he was working as an inventory manager for the business.

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Badagliacca attempted to conceal the thefts by manipulating business records. The theft was uncovered by an audit.

He pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny. As part of the plea, he will pay full restitution of $100,000.

Badagliacca faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 1. He was released on his own recognizance.

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