Bookkeeper charged with grand larceny

Onondaga County Sheriff's detectives have charged a Clay woman with grand larceny.

Beverley J. Griffo, 41, of 147 Crystal Drive, was charged Monday Nov. 8 with third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony. Griffo, a bookkeeper employed by Jake Hafner's Restaurant and Tavern, located at 5224 West Taft Road, is accused of stealing nearly $40,000 from various bank accounts she was responsible for managing, police said.

Detective assigned to the Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division began the investigation in October when restaurant owners discovered a discrepancy in one of the company's accounts.

Detectives allege that Griffo, the restaurant's bookkeeper for two years, was stealing money from the company's ATM account between February and October 2010. Griffo is believed to have manipulated several company accounts to mask any discrepancy and is accused of making off with nearly $40,000 in cash.

Griffo was arraigned in town of Clay Court released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return Jan. 4 to court.

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