A Hempstead woman has been charged with stealing more than $50,000 from a minor placed in her charge, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The Nassau district attorney’s office said in a news release that Angela Parson, 58, was arrested Tuesday and charged with second degree grand larceny, a felony.
The boy’s mother died in April 2009 and Parson was awarded custody by Nassau Surrogate John B. Riordan after her name was found listed in the mother’s will as his preferred guardian, the release said. The boy was 11 at the time.
Parson shared control of the boy’s bank accounts with Capital One Bank, prosecutors said, and was ordered to file an annual accounting within 30 days of the anniversary of her appointment, but no such paperwork was ever filed.
Without court permission, Parson opened two accounts in the boy’s name with Parson as the sole authorized signature, prosecutors said. The first was a guardianship account at Capital One in 2009 with a deposit of $18,500, and the second was a custodial account opened in 2011 with a deposit of $60,000. Both accounts were empty by May 2015.
Prosecutors said Parson had written to the Surrogate court in August 2010 and asked to be released from her position as guardian of the boy because he was living with his father in Jamaica. Paperwork to petition that she be removed as guardian and revoking her access to the money was mailed to Parson, but officials said it was never returned.
The missing money came to the attention of prosecutors when the minor, who is now an adult, contacted the district attorney’s office in November 2015, saying he could no longer get in touch with Parson and the bank accounts were empty. Prosecutors believe that Parson used the funds in the accounts for personal expenses.
Parson was arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead and was conditionally released to probation.
She faces 5 to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.
Marc J. Ialenti, a Garden City-based attorney representing Parson, did not respond to requests for comment. Attempts to reach Parson were unsuccessful.
Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement: “Guardians are entrusted by our legal system with special responsibilities to act in the best interests of those in their care, but this defendant allegedly violated that trust for her own personal self-enrichment.”
Parson is due back in court on Thursday.