A 61-year-old contractor has pleaded guilty to a felony grand larceny charge for his role in defrauding and stealing millions of dollars from Westchester County clients that hired his waste hauling business based out of Briarcliff.
In November 2015, the owners and operators of A.T.N.M. Corp., Brewster residents Christopher C. and Christopher E. Leggio and Florida native Stephen DiSalvo , were charged with felony counts of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheming to defraud for their roles in illegally documenting how much waste their company was transporting.
On Thursday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino Jr. announced that DiSalvo had pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny for his role in the agreement.
Christopher E. Leggio, 21, has already pleaded guilty to scheme and degrade and faces one year in prison. His father, 57, has pleaded guilty to first-degree grand larceny, and will face a maximum of 25 years of imprisonment. He also pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny charges on behalf of A.T.N.M.
According to Scarpino, between 2013 and 2015, DiSalvo and his business partners “systematically altered several hundred dump tickets, so as to fraudulently reflect a higher tonnage of solid waste being transported.” Those false tickets were attached to A.T.N.M. invoices and submitted to a hauling broker for payment.
As a result of the scam, Scarpino estimated that the broker, while relying on the fraudulent tickets, paid more than $1 million to A.T.N.M.
Scarpino said that a further investigation determined that the three had been defrauding and stealing from A.T.N.M. customers since January 2010 and that DiSalvo had participated in falsifying, forging and altering more than 3,000 dump tickets issued from at least six different weigh stations in Westchester County.
In total, it is estimated that DiSalvo is complicit in the larceny of more than $2 million.
DiSalvo remains out of custody after posting $50,000 bail. He is due back in court on Wednesday, Aug. 16. Due to a previous grand larceny conviction in 2000 while operating a different solid waste company, DiSalvo is facing a minimum sentence of three to six years in prison, with a maximum of seven and a half to 15 years for his guilty plea.
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