Staten Island woman pleads guilty to stealing $406,000 from charity for families of slain NYPD officers
Added 09-20-19 07:13:01pm EST - “A Staten Island woman nervously stammered through her guilty plea Friday as she copped to stealing from a charity for slain NYPD officers, saying "I wrote these checks, I think two of them or whatever, and it was considered fraud."” - Nydailynews.com
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A Staten Island woman nervously stammered through her guilty plea Friday as she copped to stealing $406,000 from a charity for slain NYPD officers, saying “I wrote these checks, I think two of them or whatever, and it was considered fraud.”
At sentencing, Lorraine Shanley, 69, faces more than two years in prison for her dastardly crime, federal guidelines say.
While serving as volunteer PR director for Survivors of the Shield, Shanley dipped into the charity’s coffers and spent the money on her special needs grandchild, she said.
Prosecutors say Shanley splurged on personal expenses, including her son’s legal bills, her grandchild’s private school tuition, dentistry, landscaping for her home and Barbra Streisand tickets. The scam lasted from 2010 to 2017.
“You knew it was wrong. You knew it was illegal. You felt it was justified because of your special needs grandchild?” Judge Sidney Stein asked in Manhattan Federal Court.
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