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Fmr. FD treasurer sentenced on larceny, fraud charges
BALLSTON SPA -- The former secretary and treasurer of the Charlton Fire District No. 1 was sentenced to up to nine years in state prison as part of a plea deal for stealing money.
43-year-old Virginia DeCapria was sentenced to three to nine years for 2nd Degree Grand Larceny for stealing nearly $500,000 between January 2005 and December 2010. She was also sentenced to one to three years for 4th Degree Criminal Tax Fraud for not paying money on the stolen funds. Both prison terms will run concurrently.
"Virginia DeCapria violated the public's trust by lining her pockets with taxpayer's money to the tune of half a million dollars. Thankfully New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli uncovered the theft during an audit of the Charlton Fire District No. 1. and worked with my office and the New York State Police to bring criminal charges immediately. Due to DeCapria's greed, Charlton's fire district residents were deprived of the money they would have had to buy fire trucks and medical equipment to protect them from fires and assist in medical emergencies in their district. Mrs. DeCapria used their money to buy iPods, laptops, plastic surgery, cigarettes, and Schwan's frozen food delivery for herself and her family," said Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy.
DeCapria was also ordered to pay restitution to the Fire District. DA Murphy said that any of her assets, bank accounts, or property could be used toward the theft, and the money she earns while in prison will go toward restitution.