Former Cicero hotel manager admits stealing more than $50,000 on the job

By David Hammond

Syracuse, NY – The former manager of a Cicero hotel admitted in court today to stealing more than $50,000 from her employer over a period of two months in 2010.

Cathaline Aylmer, 40, of Utica, pleaded guilty before Onondaga County Judge Joseph Fahey to a single felony count of second-degree grand larceny. She admitted stealing from the Days Inn Hotel on Bartel Road in Cicero from June through July 2010.

With the case heading for trial soon, the prosecution agreed to a plea deal calling for Aylmer to be sentenced to five years’ probation. She will be required to pay $48,811.53 in restitution. Assistant District Attorney Matthew Dotzler said that’s to cover the thefts Aylmer committed by taking cash from the hotel and by running up expenses on the corporate credit card.

She also had been accused of stealing supplies from the hotel to try and sell on Craigslist and eBay. But a co-defendant, Brett M. Howard, is being held responsible for paying back about $12,000 in restitution to cover those thefts, Dotzler explained.

Howard, 33, also of Utica, pleaded guilty last year to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing restaurant supplies and hotel equipment in the rip-off scheme. Authorities have said he is Aylmer’s boyfriend. Aylmer is to be sentenced July 16.

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