A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Geneva Man For Embezzling Money From Non-profit Serving Mentally Ill Individuals

Nonprofit Director Admitted Improperly Racking Up Thousands on Company Credit Cards And Diverting Taxpayer Dollars Meant for Mentally Ill Clients

Schneiderman: Those Who Steal Public Resources And Rip Off Taxpayers Will Be Prosecuted To The Fullest Extent Of The Law

CANANDAIGUA -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a guilty plea of Bradley Roach, age 46, for stealing approximately $68,000 from his employer, Lakeview Mental Health Services, Inc., a state funded not-for-profit that provides support to individuals with mental illnesses in Geneva, New York. Before Judge Craig J. Doran in the 7th Judicial District, Roach pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony.

“By unlawfully stealing money from a non-profit that was designed to deliver critical services for the mentally ill, this former employee turned a non-profit into a personal piggy bank. This scheme to cheat both taxpayers and the mentally ill is appalling,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Today’s plea demonstrates our vigilance in ensuring that every taxpayer dollar is spent properly, and that corrupt individuals who betray the public trust to line their own pockets will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

According to today’s felony complaint, Roach abused his position as Director of Lakeview's Supported Housing Program to improperly make purchases with Lakeview's store credit cards for his personal gain. Between April 2004 and December 2009, Roach submitted vouchers to Lakeview accounts payable, which falsely stated that Roach made purchases on behalf of Lakeview clients. On many of the vouchers, Roach falsely claimed purchases for clients that Lakeview no longer supported. The items he purchased, including gift cards and a “Dora the Explorer” Jeep, were inappropriate for the Supported Housing Program, and totaled about $32,000. Further investigation by the Attorney General revealed that Roach personally used gift cards that he had claimed were purchased for a Lakeview client.

Roach also stole funds held on account at a furniture vendor. Roach misled the vendor into thinking Lakeview clients were entitled to refunds, and then Roach secured checks made payable to Lakeview and its clients. From November 2006 to December 2009, Roach obtained 17 checks totaling approximately $36,000. Roach cashed the checks at his personal bank, without any authority to sign the checks made out to Lakeview. No Lakeview records reflect that any of the clients named on the checks were entitled to refunds. Furthermore, Lakeview policy bars giving money directly to clients, because such payments could adversely affect their ability to receive other government benefits.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 9. The court committed to a potential sentence of up to six months in jail concurrent with five years probation. Roach also will be ordered to make restitution to Lakeview.

This case was referred to the Attorney General's Office by the state Office of Mental Health (OMH). The Attorney General thanked OMH and the staff at Lakeview Mental Health Services for their assistance and full cooperation in this investigation.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Cydney A. Kelly of the Buffalo Regional Office, with the assistance of Senior Investigator Sandra A. Migaj, under the supervision of Stacy Aronowitz, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, William E. Schaeffer, Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau and Nancy Hoppock, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice.

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