Former Hospice Care Network official sentenced for embezzling nearly $250,000
The former chief technology officer for Hospice Care Network was sentenced Thursday to 2 to 6 years in prison for embezzling nearly a quarter-million dollars from his Long Island employer over an eight-year period, prosecutors said.
Jeffrey Mohamed, 38, of Medford, spent the $244,000 he stole to gamble and to pay for home furnishings, video games, clothes, children's toys, health club memberships and hotel stays, the Nassau County district attorney's office said.
In October a jury rejected defense claims "that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Mohamed had stolen the money" and found him guilty of two counts of felony second-degree grand larceny, prosecutors said.
Nassau County Court Judge George Peck handed down his sentence Thursday and ordered Mohamed to pay nearly $190,000 in restitution, in addition to the $55,000 he paid in court on sentencing day.
"When this defendant committed these crimes, he violated the trust placed in him by his employer, the terminally ill patients he was supposed to serve, and the families relying on essential end-of-life care for their loved ones," District Attorney Kathleen Rice said in a statement.
Mohamed was employed as chief technology officer for Hospice Care Network, which has its main office in Woodbury and locations in Melville, Bay Shore, Valley Stream and Queens, and stole the money from January 2003 to March 2011, prosecutors said.
He embezzled the money by "by making unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment through his employer's accounts, and then either keeping the items or by selling the equipment and keeping the proceeds," prosecutors said in a news release.
Hospice Care Network management "discovered the theft during a review of open orders for IT equipment from a vendor in April 2011," one month after Mohamed had been fired for unrelated reasons, prosecutors said.
Hospice Care went to the State Police, who referred the case to Nassau prosecutors in May 2011. Mohamed was arrested in February 2012.