MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Farmingdale woman was arrested yesterday for allegedly stealing $300,000 over the course of three years from a Hicksville-based roofing company.
Tracey Sportiello, 51, of Farmingdale, is charged with grand larceny in the second degree (a C felony), grand larceny in the third degree (a D felony), and nine counts of falsifying business records in the first degree (an E felony). If convicted, she faces up to 5 to 15 years in prison on the top count of grand larceny. She is due back in court on September 29 and was released to the custody of the Nassau County Probation Department.
“For more than three years, this defendant allegedly cooked the books and betrayed the trust that her employer placed in her to line her own pockets,” said DA Singas. “We will aggressively prosecute this case and seek full restitution for the victim.”
DA Singas said from about November 2012 to October 2015, Sportiello allegedly stole money from her employer by writing checks to herself and others that were unrelated to the business of her employer. Sportiello is accused of using the money to pay for gambling trips to Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New York, as well as for numerous other personal expenses.
During the investigation, the NCDA, with the assistance of the New York State Department of Labor, also uncovered evidence that Sportiello illegally collected more than $10,000 in unemployment benefits while she was employed by the roofing corporation.
Assistant District Attorney Marshall Trager, Chief of the Government and Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting this case. Sportiello is represented by Lisa Saltzman, Esq.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.