White Plains, NY — February 18, 2011 — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore today announced that Kai Irwin (DOB 06/08/65) of 30 Candlewood Drive, Yonkers, New York, has been charged by Felony Complaint with:
• one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony.
Between August 1, 2007, and September 30, 2008, the defendant, who was the Secretary-Treasurer of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association of the Yonkers Fire Department, stole approximately $97,000 from the Union’s General Fund.
The defendant, a Lieutenant in the Yonkers Fire Department, had signatory authority for the fund and perpetrated the larceny by making counter withdrawals, debit card withdrawals and ATM withdrawals from the fund without the permission, consent or authority of the union or its membership.
The larceny and financial discrepancies were uncovered when a new Secretary -Treasurer took over the position in 2010.
“As alleged in the complaint, this defendant took advantage in his capacity as Treasurer of the Yonkers Fire Department’s Uniformed Fire Officers Association to steal nearly $100,000 for his own personal gain," said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the defendant was arraigned. “Lt. Irwin was placed in a position of trust and responsibility, yet he repeatedly stole funds from his fellow union members who rely on their elected officers to ensure union democracy, financial integrity, and transparency.”
The defendant was released on his own recognizance.
Irwin’s next court appearance will be on March 3rd, 2011.
The defendant faces a maximum of fifteen years in state prison.
Assistant District Attorney Shara Abraham of the Public Integrity Bureau is prosecuting the case.
In compliance with Disciplinary Rule 7-107A of the Code of Professional Responsibility, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.