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$500,000 in question
Thu August 15, 2013
Woman Pleads Not Guilty To 17 Embezzlement, Tax Fraud Charges
A woman charged with 17 felonies relating to her time working at Aqualand Manufacturing has entered not guilty pleas to all charges.
46 year old Lisa Saykally is charged with allegedly using company funds to pay off personal accounts when she was employed at the Woodruff firm from 1995 to 2011. She is the daughter of Aqualand's owners. Court documents indicate the amount of money involved is alleged to be more than $500,000 dollars. Most of the charges are felonies, including state tax fraud.
In Oneida county court, Judge Patrick O'Melia found enough evidence to continue the case. Saykally's attorney James Runyon entered pleas on her behalf...
(Judge O'Melia) "....you're in receipt of the multi-count, that is 17 count, amended information?(Runyon) "I am Your Honor and she's pleads not guilty to all 17 counts..."
A pre-trial hearing was set for October 15. She is free on $ 5,000 cash bond. A civil case is also pending in Oneida county.