A Buffalo woman was sentenced Thursday to five years’ probation and ordered to make restitution for stealing more than $71,000 from her ailing 84-year-old father for more than three years while he was in an assisted living facility.
Sandra V. Gilliam, 59, of Shirley Avenue, had pleaded guilty May 8 in Erie County Court to fourth-degree grand larceny for taking the funds, which were intended for her father’s living expenses, from Jan. 27, 2011, to April 30, 2014.
Assistant District Attorney Candace K. Vogel said the $71,223 consisted of monthly annuity checks and checks for the victim’s long-term care, which Gilliam failed to divulge to his court-appointed guardian, Legal Services for the Elderly.
At sentencing, her attorney, James Davis, urged Judge Michael F. Pietruszka not to follow the Erie County Probation Department’s recommendation that she be sentenced to weekends in jail for one year.
The judge placed her on probation, noting that she had no prior criminal record, and ordered her to make full restitution by the end of the probationary period, starting with monthly payments of $500.
Her attorney said she would immediately pay $6,000 and start making the $500 monthly payments Aug. 1.
The judge also ordered her to perform 1,000 hours of community service.