WHITE PLAINS, NY – April 19, 2012 — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that a three count indictment was unsealed today against Lorraine Lopez (DOB 10/19/66) 202 Hayward Street, Yonkers, New York charging her with:
- one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,
- one count of Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree, a class “D” Felony,
- one count of Official Misconduct, a class “A” Misdemeanor,
in connection with the November 22nd 2011 charity Turkey Drive run by the City of Yonkers.
Between November 7th, 2011 and January 17th, 2012, the defendant, who at the time of the larceny had just retired as a Special Assistant to then Mayor Philip Amicone, was tasked with running the City’s annual charity Turkey Drive.
The Turkey Drive is an annual charity event conducted under the auspices of the City of Yonkers, and donations are solicited to pay for the purchase of Turkeys and various other dinner trimmings.
The major contributors to the 2011 drive were the management and employees of Yonkers Contracting Corporation Inc., a construction and engineering firm located in the City of Yonkers.
The defendant received approximately $6,900 in donations for the express purpose of purchasing ingredients for Thanksgiving dinners that in turn would be given to various charities.
The defendant cashed the donation checks that were received through the Yonkers Parking Authority.
The larceny came to light when Yonkers Contracting contacted City Hall after January 1st, 2012 asking about the success of the Drive. When no record of any purchases or disbursements could be located, the Office of Inspector General was contacted and an investigation was initiated.
The defendant surrendered to the Yonkers Police this morning.
“The allegations in this indictment are stark; this defendant pocketed thousands of dollars in donations made expressly for a charity holiday food drive, putting herself and her wants and desires before those of hundreds of needy families in the City of Yonkers. It is this kind of conduct that erodes the public’s trust and confidence in our government.” said District Attorney Janet DiFiore after the indictment was unsealed.
Bail was set at $2,500.
Her next court appearance will be on May 8th, 2012.
The defendant faces a maximum of seven years in state prison on the top counts of the indictment.
Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, will prosecute 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.
SOURCE: Office of Westchester County District Attorney.