Mineville woman pleads guilty to grand larceny

Meagan M. Whitman, 29, of Mineville has pleaded guilty to felony fourth-degree grand larceny.

A former bookkeeper at Bryant’s Lumber of Moriah, Whitman pleaded guilty to embezzling from the business in Essex County Court March 14.

A plea agreement calls for her to be sentenced to six months in the county jail and spend five years on probation.

State police said Whitman took cash and supplies from the lumber yard between August 2008 and March 2010.

She was fired after the owners found inconsistencies in their financial records and called police.

According to the Essex County District Attorney’s office, Whitman took between $36,000 and $50,000 in money and building supplies.

Whitman was arrested in March 2011 and has been free on her own recognizance. She will be formally sentenced May 16.

Port Henry man guilty

Joseph P. King, 44, pleaded guilty to felony third-degree arson and several misdemeanor charges as part of a plea agreement in Essex County Court March 14.

The misdemeanors are fourth-degree criminal mischief, obstructing firefighting operations, aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment.

King will be sentenced to four to 14 years in state prison on May 16.

King set several fires around the village of Port Henry Jan. 2, 2012, including one that did more than $500,000 damage to Mountain Lake Services downtown office building and an adjoining structure.

King had been fired from his job as a residential-care aide by Mountain Lake Services in 2008.

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