FROM THE DA’S OFFICE
Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe Wednesday announced that Barbara Cummaro, 59, of 2765 Denby Drive, Yorktown Heights, New York has been charged with one count of grand larceny in the second degree, a class “C” felony. Cummaro, who was employed as the head of operations by a Rockland County abstract company, is alleged to have stolen over $199,000 from several escrow accounts related to the business.
According to the charges, the defendant used her access to the accounts to write checks to herself. Between January, 2012 and April, 2013, Cummaro allegedly drained at least four escrow accounts by writing 28 checks. The checks ranged in amounts from $12,000 to $24,950. The defendant is accused of creating paperwork to cover-up the alleged theft.
The total amount stolen from her employer was $199,039.68. Upon learning of the theft, the firm immediately replaced all of the funds in the escrow accounts.
The arrest of the defendant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit.
The defendant was arraigned in the Clarkstown Justice Court on before the Honorable Craig Johns and released on her own recognizance.
If convicted, the defendant faces a possible state prison sentence of up to 15 years.
Executive Assistant District Attorney Gary Lee Heavner is prosecuting the case.