Wetmore sentenced to prison and full restitution

John Christensen
The Chronicle Express

Former St. Mark’s Terrace employee stole from and defrauded seven elderly residents plus others

Amy Wetmore, the former Enriched Housing Director at St. Mark's Terrace, stole more than $108,000 from the elderly and disabled residents she was entrusted to help.

PENN YAN -- Previously in Yates County Criminal Court, Amy Wetmore (formerly MacKerchar) entered a guilty plea to second-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, and second-degree forgery in full satisfaction of the 54-count indictment brought against her for a series of thefts and fraud targeting residents of St. Mark’s Terrace during a time when Wetmore was the director of the Enriched Housing Program. 

Wetmore’s guilty plea before Judge Cook was a plea bargain, and she was sentenced Sept. 21 as promised to three to nine years on the second-degree grand larceny, two to six years on the second-degree forgery, and one to three years on the first-degree scheme to defraud, all served concurrently. She was also ordered to pay $108,367.80 in restitution to her victims or their estates, the Enriched Hosing Program, and the New York State Treasury 

Wetmore was originally arrested in September 2020 on just nine felonies and two misdemeanors for allegedly stealing money from 10 elderly residents of Penn Yan she was entrusted to help. Casella said Wetmore took undue advantage of seven residents of St. Mark’s Terrace as well as three other victims. Upon learning of the charges, the St. Mark’s Terrace board responded by suspending Wetmore from her position, and improving their internal controls over finances to prevent such a thing from happening again. She was later terminated from her job.

Wetmore apologized in her pre-sentence interviews and said she was driven to crime by her addiction to opioid drugs.