A former Manhasset-Lakeville fire captain has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 from a bank account used by the department.
Alex November, 30, of Glen Cove, was arrested on Thursday, June 20 and charged with grand larceny, 12 counts of falsifying business records, and official misconduct, said the Nassau County District Attorney's Office.
“This defendant allegedly stole more than $10,000 from a Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department bank account and used that money for personal expenses,” District Attorney Madeline Singas said. “Volunteer fire departments provide lifesaving emergency services to our communities and anyone treating these organizations like a honey-pot will be held accountable for their actions.”
According to the DA's Office, from June 2014 until early 2017, November allegedly stole funds from the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department’s Citibank account “Refreshment Fund” by making unauthorized personal expenditures on a debit card.
The Refreshment Fund was kept separate from the department’s regular business accounts and was managed exclusively by November to supply beverages for the department.
To hide the crime, November allegedly submitted forged bank statements to the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department’s Internal Audit Committee. In total, the defendant allegedly stole $10,072.78.
The president of the department first became aware of a problem with the account in early 2017 when Citibank advised the department that the account was overdrawn. Following an investigation, department members confronted November with evidence of the theft and November resigned from the department in August of 2017.
November allegedly spent the money on purchases from Amazon, Microsoft, Payless Shoes, Wendy’s Harbor Freight Tools and Friendly’s Ice Cream, the DA's Office said.
Following his arrest, November was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court on June 28. If convicted of the top count, he faces a maximum sentence of two to seven years in prison, said the DA's Office.
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