Barbara Cummaro of Yorktown charged with $200,000 theft from employer's accounts

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A Yorktown woman who embezzled nearly $200,000 from accounts handled by her Rockland County employer has been hit with a felony charge, officials said.

Barbara Cummaro, 59, of Denby Drive, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second-degree grand larceny in the thefts, Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said.

Cummaro, who was head of operations for Hudson Abstract Services, a real estate insurance company with offices in New City and White Plains, stole a total of $199,039.68 from several escrow accounts related to the business, officials said.

Between January 2012 and this April, Cummaro used her access to at least four escrow accounts to write 28 checks to herself, ranging from $12,000 to $24,950, officials said. She then created doctored-up paperwork to cover up the thefts, according to officials.

Upon learning of the theft, the firm immediately replaced all the funds in the escrow accounts, officials said.

Investigators with the Rockland County DA's Special Investigations Unit tied Cummaro to the thefts. She was arraigned Tuesday before Clarkstown Town Justice Craig Johns and released on her own recognizance to appear again on June 3.

Her attorney, Nyack-based Daniel E. Bertolino, said she plans to contest the charges.

A message left with Hudson Abstract Services Thursday morning was not immediately returned.

Cummaro could get up to 15 years in state prison if convicted.

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Executive Assistant District Attorney Gary Lee Heavner is prosecuting.

With Karl de Vries

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