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DA: Denessa Yearwood sentenced in theft from group homes

A Springfield Gardens woman who pleaded guilty to falsifying business records to steal nearly $10,000 from group homes for the developmentally disabled was sentenced Monday to restitution and a conditional discharge, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Denessa Yearwood, 38, was ordered to repay $9,917.54 by Nassau County District Court Judge Erica Prager.

Yearwood, who scammed the money by falsifying documents related to her work as a resident manager for two group homes, also was sentenced to a conditional discharge, according to the office of District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Yearwood had pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records, a felony, in May.

When arrested in June 2012, investigators from Rice's office said Yearwood altered or reused existing receipts for resident expenses in the ledgers of group homes in Lynbrook and East Rockaway.

The theft was uncovered in an audit in May 2011 by a compliance analyst with Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities Inc., a nonprofit that provides services to more 3,000 developmentally disabled children and adults in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Yearwood was fired in June 2011, Rice's office said.

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