A Westchester woman will be heading to state prison for stealing nearly $1 million from her employer while serving as a part-time personal assistant for five years.
Yonkers resident Joann Perrino has been sentenced to a term of between one and three years, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Thursday.
Perrino, 62, pleaded guilty in February 2017 to second-degree grand larceny after she used her victim’s bank accounts for her own benefit, totaling $987,428.87 between January 2009 and May 2014.
While employed as a part-time personal assistant to a designer, Perrino opened an account in her own name then initiated transfers and wrote checks from her victim’s account to pay for her and her family’s personal expenses - without her victim’s knowledge, permission or authority.
The stolen money was used to fund payments on a car, Perrino’s mortgage and to pay for travel and spa treatments, Scarpino said. In one incident, Perrino spent nearly $4,500 on clothes.
She was arrested by police in Mamaroneck in May 2014 following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.
In addition to her prison time, Perrino must also pay $987,428.87 in restitution to her victim.
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