A Queens woman stole more than $12,000 from two Nassau County group homes for the developmentally disabled that she managed, prosecutors said Thursday.
Denessa Yearwood, 36, of Springfield Gardens, was arrested Wednesday by investigators from the Nassau County district attorney's office on charges of third-degree grand larceny and 10 counts of first-degree falsifying business records. If convicted, Yearwood faces up to 7 years in prison.
She is due back in court Friday.
Yearwood, who worked as a resident manager for group homes in Lynbrook and East Rockaway, stole in excess of $12,000 since 2001 by "altering or reusing existing receipts for resident expenses in the homes' ledgers," according to the office of District Attorney Kathleen Rice.
The theft was uncovered in a routine audit of the Lynbrook home's books 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, according to a news release.
Yearwood was terminated in June 2011, prosecutors said.
"The caregivers in these homes are supposed to be responsible for the safety and well-being of the residents, not taking advantage of them," Rice said in a news release.