A Central New York woman is accused of bilking her employer out of tens-of-thousands of dollars over several years.

Utica Police say they were contacted by a local engineering firm after someone noticed irregularities in the finances. Investigators say through several subpoenas of financial institutions, forensic accounting, and finally tracking down the real and altered bank statements, they believe an employee of the company stole over $50,000 over a three-year period.

Diana Gacek of Herkimer is alleged to have altered those payroll accounts and bank statements, and issued fraudulent checks for her own benefit. The 31-year-old is now facing a charge of Grand Larceny in the second degree - a class C felony.

Officials said additional charges may be filed after a review by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

11 Great Upstate New York Urban Parks

We have done a lots of posts over the years highlighting the various state and county (and national) parks that can be found in Upstate New York. This list is a little bit different.

Big cities and small towns, these are all worth a look!

Check Out Abandoned Dry Cleaner Building in Guilderland

WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

It is believed this dry cleaner operated from the 1950's but has been closed since 1996. It's located on Western Avenue in Guilderland. Plans are underway to do an environmental cleanup on the property and redevelop it into apartments and commercial/retails space.

13 Small Upstate New York Towns That Put Their Claim to Fame on Their Welcome Signs!

For road warriors who like nothing better than to drive around the backroads and byways of Upstate New York exploring the region, there is nothing we like better than to come upon a small village or town that puts their claim to fame right up there on their "welcome sign." All of these 13 places do that. They are curious, historical, whimsical, and fascinating to those of us interested in Upstate history.

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