WILKES-BARRE — An Exeter woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $50,000 from Wyoming Valley BMW while employed there last year.
Briana E. Tavaglione, 22, admitted her guilt in an appearance before Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley this morning.
According to an affidavit:
Company owner and vice president Steven Ubaldini called Kingston police on Nov. 4 to report that an employee had stolen about $52,500 over a period of about five months last year.
Police said they approached Tavaglione, who agreed to meet with them and immediately admitted the theft.
Tavaglione told investigators that while working as a part-time cashier at the dealership, she would press the refund button on the cash register, swipe her own debit card and enter an amount of money to be deposited in her personal bank account.
Records revealed 17 unauthorized transactions of this type between May and October of 2013, police said.
Tavaglione today pleaded guilty to one felony theft count, and still owes $44,248 in restitution.
Sentencing is set for Aug. 11, and Tavaglione may apply for admission to the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program.