The former treasurer for the Village of Old Field, who was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $60,000 to make online purchases, pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony larceny charges, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said.
Andrea Brosnan, 43, of Port Jefferson, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a third-degree grand larceny charge, according to the comptroller’s office. Officials said she had been charged in the theft of nearly $60,000 in municipal funds, which she allegedly used to shop on eBay and Amazon.com. She also allegedly used the money to pay for divorce expenses and collected $13,000 in an “unearned salary,” the state comptroller said in a news release.
When Brosnan was arrested in May 2013, Suffolk County prosecutors said she also used the stolen cash to buy clothing, electronics and gas and to make utility payments. She was arrested after an investigation was sparked by an audit into the village’s finances. Prosecutors say she will be required to return the money as part of her sentence.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota has said it was “almost immediately” after Brosnan was appointed in January 2009 that she allegedly begun pocketing the cash. He said she had tried to cover her tracks by allegedly falsifying entries in the village ledger. That, they said, was an attempt to “make the entries appear to be legitimate.”
“Brosnan was entrusted with safeguarding the finances of the village but used taxpayer funds as her personal piggy bank,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “My office will continue to work with law enforcement statewide to root out public corruption and retrieve stolen public money. I thank District Attorney Spota and his staff for their diligence and hard work in bringing this local official to justice.”
Spota said Brosnan was ordered to repay $59,151. She was also sentenced to community service and will be sent to jail if she fails to perform it. “I’m optimistic the local government has learned that tighter fiscal controls are in order,” he said.