A Medford man was convicted Tuesday on grand larceny charges after a jury found that he stole more than $243,000 from a hospice healthcare network where he worked, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Jeffrey Mohamed, 38, of Medford, was found guilty Oct. 1 of two counts of second-degree grand larceny. He now faces 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 12.
Prosecutors said Mohamed was employed as the Chief Technology Officer for the Hospice Care Network – a healthcare system for terminally ill patients with locations in Queens, Valley Stream, Bay Shore, Melville and Woodbury. He was arrested in May 2011 after allegedly stealing more than $243,000 from the company between January 2003 and March 2011, the DA’s office said.
According to prosecutors, Mohamed made unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions and electronic equipment by using the Hospice Network’s accounts. He then allegedly kept some of the items and sold the rest for cash to buy furniture, health club memberships, video games, clothing and hotel stays, the DA’s office said. Investigators also tracked him spending the cash while gambling, staying at hotels and purchasing gas.
The company realized they were being scammed when they reviewed open orders for IT equipment from a vendor in April 2011, but Mohamed had already been fired from his job for another reason, said prosecutors.
Company management called New York State Police in May 2011 and troopers referred the case to the Nassau DA’s office for further investigation.
After a two-week trial, Mohamed was found guilty Tuesday. The jury reportedly rejected claims by Mohamed’s attorney that there was insufficient evidence to prove he stole the money. His lawyer, Emrah Artukmac, could not be reached Tuesday evening for comment.
“Mr. Mohamed abused the trust of his employer, the patients the hospice network serves, and the families who trusted the network to provide the best care possible for their loved ones,” Rice said. “The evidence in this case was overwhelming and I am glad that the jury held this defendant accountable.”