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WILKES-BARRE – A Lackawanna County woman charged with taking more than $80,000 from a Pittston Township company was sentenced Monday to seven years in the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program, plus two years probation.

Amy McCamley, 41, of Old Forge, blamed her painkiller addiction for why she took $83,203 from Independent Chemical Corp., where she had worked as a bookkeeper.

“I would not have done what I did if I was in the right mind,” McCamley said. “I take full responsibility for everything I’ve done.”

McCamley said her addiction began with a broken leg in December 2010, continued when she received pain medication after chemotherapy treatments, and resulted in her taking the money over a two-year period.

“I know how much I hurt Sandy and Josh (Rudin),” McCamley said of the father/son owners of Independent Chemical Corp. “These people trusted me … Sandy was like a father to me.”

McCamley’s attorney, Michael Cammarano, of Sinking Spring, said his client immediately sought help after being charged with the theft and has been sober for one year.

Cammarano said McCamley even suffered a “breakdown” and had to be admitted to a mental health facility for a period of 72 hours.

“Her crimes … were a function of her addiction,” Cammarano said. “She is very unlikely to re-offend.”

Assistant District Attorney Nancy Violi presented testimony from Sandor – who is also known as Sandy – and his son Josh to Judge Lesa Gelb Monday. The Rudins said they had not received any restitution to date from McCamley, nor had they seen any remorse from McCamley.

Violi also asked McCamley exactly what she spent the $83,000 on.

“Most of it went to my addiction,” McCamley said, noting some of the money she spent “frivolously” and that she got her “teeth fixed.”

Gelb said McCamley must pay $1,000 in restitution per month and that the first 18 months of her sentence will be served on house arrest, but with no electronic monitor. Gelb said rather than pay money for the house arrest monitor - $25 per day – that money could go toward her restitution.

According to court papers, in April 2012 the Rudins contacted Pittston Township police after they were made aware of suspicious activity on a credit card account.

The father and son were notified that several checks were being deposited into McCamley’s husband’s account and that they were signed “S Rudin.”

Rudin said the signature was not his, and that a local bank gave them checks totaling $50,596 that were put into McCamley’s husband’s account. Investigators later found several additional checks totaling thousands of dollars that McCamley also falsely endorsed.

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