A Huntington woman has been sentenced for using her position as a bookkeeper to steal more than $866,000 over a six-year period from a Locust Valley architectural firm.
Lori Maceluch, 48, pleaded guilty in January 2014 to one count of second-degree grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree.
Nassau County Court Judge Alan Honorof sentenced Maceluch Tuesday to three to nine years in prison on the top charge and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $866,114.18. She was also sentenced to two to six years for each count on the criminal possession of a forged instrument charge, which will be served concurrently to the top charge.
“Today’s sentence is a reminder that those who deceive and steal money from their employer will face consequences for their actions,” Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said, in a statement.
Maceluch was arraigned in July on a grand jury indictment charging her with stealing more than $866,000 over a six-year period.
The Nassau District Attorney's Office said Maceluch disguised the theft by fraudulently enhancing legitimate expenses in the company’s financial records. She used the stolen cash to fund a lifestyle that included dining at expensive restaurants and taking luxury vacations to the Berkshires, Nantucket Island, Fire Island, Florida, and the Dominican Republic