QUEENSBURY — A man who used to work as payroll administrator for a local organization that helps people with disabilities was sentenced to jail and probation yesterday for stealing more than $16,000.

Alberto Lupia, 47, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to a felony count of falsifying business records late last year in connection with the theft from the Community, Work & Independence office on Broad Street in Glens Falls. He had worked as payroll administrator for the agency for about a year before his arrest last July.

Warren County Judge John Hall sentenced him to 16 weekends in Warren County Jail and 5 years on probation, after learning Lupia had made restitution before sentencing. His plea deal had included a sentence of a state prison term of up to 4 years if he did not pay the money back before sentencing.

Alberto Lupia

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Hall agreed to a sentence of weekends in jail after Lupia asked for lenience because of a family illness that required his attention. His lawyer, Warren County Public Defender Marcy Flores, said the defense had provided the court with a doctor’s note about his assistance being needed to help a child relative who is undergoing treatment.

Lupia apologized in court on Wednesday. Flores said he was remorseful and that money troubles motivated the theft.

CWI contacted police last summer after financial discrepancies were discovered. Lupia was fired after the theft was recovered.

Glens Falls Police determined that Lupia wrongly issued checks to himself, claiming mileage reimbursement to which he wasn’t entitled that amounted to more than $16,000 over a period of several months. Police said he falsified business records to try to cover the theft. He had worked for the company for about a year.

CWI offers a variety of programs to assist those with disabilities and brain injuries at more than 40 locations in the region. It employs more than 700 people.

An agency spokeswoman said in December that the theft did not affect the agency’s programs.

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Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on poststar.com/app/blogs.

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