A former employee at a Southold bank has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $35,000 from a customer’s account between 2012 and 2013 but has promised to pay full restitution and perform hundreds of hours of community service to avoid being sentenced to jail time, her attorney said Thursday.
Sara L. Hando, 28, who was arrested July 5 at her Los Angeles home and charged with third-degree larceny, was indicted by a Suffolk County grand jury after prosecutors said she stole the money while working at a Capital One bank in Southold.
Hando was then transported back to Long Island by Suffolk County police.
Jonathan Manley, a Hauppauge attorney who represents Hando, said she entered her guilty plea on Aug. 2 before Judge Fernando Camacho in Suffolk County Criminal Court in Central Islip.
Manley said Hando has already paid $20,000 in restitution but is also required to complete 420 hours of community service and pay an additional $16,999.87 over the next year.
“The felony plea is conditional and will be vacated as long as she complies with the conditions of her release,” Manley said Thursday in an emailed statement. He added, “Sara has accepted responsibility for her actions, expressed sincere remorse and looks forward to putting this incident behind her as soon as possible.”
Manley said the next court date was set for Oct. 18 when Hando’s progress in complying with the conditions is expected to be reviewed.
A representative of the Suffolk County district attorney’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.