DA: IT chief stole from hospice care co.
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A Medford man stole nearly $250,000 from his employer, a hospice care network, by falsifying business records, Nassau County prosecutors said Monday.
Jeffrey Mohamed, 36, was arrested Monday morning on charges of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.
He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.
From January 2003 to March 2011, Mohamed was chief of information technology for the Hospice Care Network, which has its principal office in Woodbury, prosecutors said.
He embezzled more than $243,000 from his employer by making unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions and other electronic equipment, the Nassau County district attorney's office said in a news release.
Mohamed made the purchases through his employer's accounts and then returned the items for a credit to his personal account or by selling the equipment and keeping the proceeds, prosecutors said.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in the release that Mohamed stole money "that should have gone into alleviating the pain and suffering of very sick people in their final days."
Managers at Hospice Care Network discovered the theft during a review of open orders for IT equipment from a vendor, prosecutors said. The discovery came after Mohamed was fired for unrelated reasons, prosecutors said.
Mohamed's Medford attorney Emrah Artukmac did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.Hospice Care also has locations in Queens, Valley Stream, Bay Shore and Melville, and offers care within private homes as well, according to the release.