Bonkoski slated for jail on January 24

ALBANY COUNTY — The date on which embezzler Jamie Bonkoski was to begin her six-month sentence in Albany County’s jail has been postponed a third time, until Jan. 31. Surrenders are not often postponed, said Cecilia Walsh, spokeswoman with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. Bonkoski’s has now been postponed three times.

Bonkoski’s two most recent postponements were because of medical issues, Walsh said she was told.

Bonkoski had pleaded guilty in October to embezzling almost $80,000 while employed as the manager of Deer Valley Apartments in Guilderland. Although Bonkoski served as manager for 20 years, her employer investigated financial records dating back just five years.

Bonkoski was sentenced to serve six months in Albany County’s jail, followed by five years of felony-level probation.

She was sentenced in Albany County Court on Dec. 4 by Judge William Carter. The first postponement occurred when she asked the judge to allow her enough time, before her surrender, to be allowed to arrange for care of her daughter. Carter had agreed and set her surrender date for Jan. 4.

It is up to the court to decide what factors affect surrender, Walsh said. Judge Carter’s secretary said that Bonkoski was to go to jail on Jan. 24. But, on Jan. 25, The Enterprise learned Bonkoski was not yet in jail and the judge's secretary said she was scheduled to start serving her time on Jan. 31.

Frankie Gray of InterSouth Management — which had owned Deer Valley and been Bonkoski’s employer — said this week that the company has received a check for full restitution.

 

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