US Attorney – LawFuel Legal Newswire – Director of Not-For-Profit Organization Gets Imprisoned for Embezzlement – Bronx Low-Income Project


PREET BHARARA, United States Attorney for the Southern
District of New York, and ROSE GILL HEARN, the Commissioner of
the New York City Department of Investigation, announced that
MARGARITA VILLEGAS was sentenced to ten months in prison for
embezzling over $50,000 from SBCC Management Corp., a not-forprofit
organization that provides management services to
residential buildings for low-income tenants and for which
VILLEGAS still serves as executive director. VILLEGAS was also
ordered to pay a fine of $3,000 and restitution in the amount of
$54,414.83. United States District Judge ALVIN K. HELLERSTEIN
imposed the sentence today in Manhattan federal court.
According to the Indictment to which VILLEGAS pleaded
guilty, other documents filed in this case, and statements made
during VILLEGAS’ guilty plea proceeding:

VILLEGAS admitted to embezzling $54,414.83 in SBCC
Management Corp. money between May 2005 and February 2009,
through a number of methods. She used an SBCC Management Corp.
corporate credit card to charge $13,344.82 in personal expenses,
including expenses for clothes, shoes, restaurants, airfare,
hotels, and gas; she also submitted $26,040.01 in false and
fraudulent requests for reimbursement, including requests for
reimbursement that had been doctored to make it appear as though
she had incurred expenses larger than the ones she actually
incurred and requests for reimbursement for expenses she had
never actually incurred in the first place. Additionally, she
signed or caused to be signed checks that diverted $15,050 for
the benefit of elected officials with whom she had relationships,
including: campaign contributions made to a New York State
Assemblywoman, payments for new flooring in the Assemblywoman’s
office, and payments to summer interns working in the
Assemblywoman’s office and in the office of a New York City
currently scheduled to be sentenced before Judge HELLERSTEIN on
June 25, 2010, at 11:00 a.m.
Mr. BHARARA praised the investigative work of the New
York City Department of Investigation in this case.
This prosecution is being handled by the Office’s
Public Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys RUA M.
KELLY and MICHAEL S. BOSWORTH are in charge of the prosecution.
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