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Former Huntington accountant sentenced for stealing from disabled, ill clients, prosecutors say

Scott Meyer, the partner of a Huntington accounting

Scott Meyer, the partner of a Huntington accounting firm convicted of scamming over $800,000 dollars from his clients, including a Ronkonkoma condo complex, a disabled man and an elderly victim suffering from dementia, was sentenced to 4 1/3 to 13 years in prison, Tuesday, Aug.11, 2015 in Riverhead, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said. Credit: Suffolk County District Attorney

A Seaford man was sentenced Tuesday for stealing money from clients of his former Huntington accounting firm, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota's office said.

Scott Meyer, 48, was sentenced by Acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen to 4 1/3 to 13 years in prison Tuesday after stealing more than $800,000 from clients, some of whom were disabled or ill at the time Spota's office said.

At the sentencing, a woman whose brother was victimized by Meyer as he suffered from Alzheimer's disease read a letter she wrote on his behalf. Her brother, the late John C. Murphy, Jr., of Greenport was the owner of W.T. Hickey Corp. Electrical Contractors for more than 60 years, prosecutors said, and as his accountant, Meyer stole $159,858 from the businessman. Murphy died in April 2014.

Murphy's sister, Frances Dunphy Livernois, wrote in her letter that she was heartbroken that her brother was "taken advantage of at a time when he was most vulnerable."

As part of his sentence, Meyer was ordered to pay restitution to Murphy and to his other victims, which included the Huntington Rural Cemetery Association, a nonprofit owed $427,500; the Nob Hill Condominium Complex in Ronkonkoma, due $31,836; and the family of a disabled client of Meyer's, Marc Rothschild of Los Angeles, who lost $243,076.

"By carefully choosing his victims to prey on their vulnerabilities, he used his skill as an accountant to steal over $800,000 and he kept the thefts undetected for over five years," Spota said in a statement.

Earlier this year, Meyer pleaded guilty to grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument and falsifying business records, Spota's office said.

In 2007, Meyer was convicted of federal charges for misappropriation of insurance funds and conspiracy, prosecutors said, and his CPA license was suspended but eventually reinstated.

Meyer, 48, is a former partner of the Johnson and Meyer accounting firm in Huntington, Spota's office said.

Spota said Meyer's greed fed his appetite for a lavish lifestyle that included spending about $140,000 on vacations in Aruba, Disney World and the Bahamas from 2008 to 2013.

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