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Bookkeeper Sentenced For Stealing $300K From Hudson Valley Business

Patricia Hunt
Patricia Hunt Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

A 71-year-old former bookkeeper from heading to prison after stealing more than $375,000 from her Westchester employee of 20 years.

Patricia Hunt of New Rochelle has been sentenced to a term of between two and six years in state prison after pleading guilty to grand larceny, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced. She has also been ordered to pay her former employer $375,825.88 in restitution.

Hunt, worked as a former bookkeeper for Artisan Restoration Co., Inc. and E. Gargiulo Interior & Exterior Restoration Co., Inc. in Mount Vernon for two decades.

While working for owner Enrico Gargiulo, Hunt admitted to writing checks on the business and personal accounts of Gargiulo to “cash” and depositing the money to her own account. Some cashed checks were also used for her own benefit, Scarpino noted.

The DA said that Gargiulo’s companies “restore churches and other The thefts took place between Jan. 14, 2011 and Aug. 14, 2017, before her dismissal in the summer of 2017. In addition to the theft, prosecutors said that “Hunt abused the trust of her victim, the company’s owner.”

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