Woman Who Embezzled $10.2 Million Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

Patricia K. Smith used the money she stole from Baierl Acura in Pine to fund a lavish lifestyle.

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Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond on Wednesday sentenced Smith, of Cranberry, to 78 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

In addition, Smith was ordered to forfeit her homes and numerous items of personal property to the government and to pay restitution of more than $10.3 million.

Formerly the controller of the car dealership in Pine Township, Smith, 58, pleaded guilty in January to one count of wire fraud

According to court documents, the married mother of three grown children and grandmother to three electronically transferred $10.2 million from Baierl’s payroll bank account to one of her personal bank accounts on more than 800 occasions from Dec. 2004 until July 28, 2011.

To cover her crime, she altered the bank statements, prosecutors said in court documents.

"Patricia Smith victimized her employer, Baierl Acura, for no other reason than greed," said U.S. Attorney David Hickton. "The court's decision to sentence this defendant to a lengthy term of imprisonment will serve as both a strong punishment and a powerful deterrent."

Although Diamond—who called Smith’s conduct “mind boggling”—imposed the maximum sentence under federal guidelines.

According to court documents, Smith—who made a salary of $53,000 as controller of the car dealership—used the money she embezzled to fund expensive trips around the world, luxury gifts for friends, jewelry and houses for herself and family members.

She also purchased various “experiences,” including a tour of the Vatican, an on-stage escort at the Phantom of the Opera, lunch for six prepared by the Barefoot Contessa at her residence in East Hampton, New York, a trip to the Super Bowl—where she and friends occupied a hospitality suite—and dinner with actor Kevin Spacey.

She confessed to authorities last July after receiving an email from a superior questioning certain accounting activity, according to court documents filed in Pittsburgh.

The government is expected to recover about $1 million for Baierl.

Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen R. Kaufman and Lee J. Karl prosecuted this case on behalf of the government. Hickton also commended the FBI for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Smith.

Bob May 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Good article but where's the mug shot other than the two pictures of the dealership?? I forgot... whitecollar criminals with $10.2 million embezzelment convictions don't have perp walks and mug shots like a petty thug drug bust for $10.
cindy clark June 21, 2012 at 05:03 PM
That's right, where is the mug shot of her? and who has she been screwing in the dealership to get by with all this? No mug shot for her?? but mug shot for $10. whatever..
Larissa Dudkiewicz June 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Hi Bob and Cindy -- The Butler County Jail will not have mugshot of Smith available until she reports to prison in July.
Sara M June 22, 2012 at 04:15 AM
Whjy does she get to wait until July to go to prison? Doesn't seem like she should get free time before prison.


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