Former Sheriff's Candidate sentenced to probation and community service for forgery

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Corrections Officer and former candidate for Oneida County Sheriff has been sentenced to probation for forgery.

Angela Gumbarevic was sentenced on Tuesday in Oneida County Court to five years of probation along with 150 hours of community service. She'll also pay a $375 fine.

The one-time Sheriff candidate pleaded guilty in March to forging five of the signatures necessary to get on the ballot in the Fall 2010 election.

Heidi Bessette, a woman accused of helping Gumbarevic forge the signatures leading up to the Sheriff race turned down a plea deal and faces a charge of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Officials with the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says Gumbarevic, who had been suspended without pay as they continued their internal investigation, has now been terminated.

Undersheriff Robert Swenszkowski said that termination comes in accordance with public officer's law, which says a position of public office must be vacated if the person is convicted of a felony.

Undersheriff Swenszkowski said Tuesday's sentencing served as Gumbarevic's official sentencing.

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