Two Long Island men created false invoices for their consulting services to steal more than $300,000 from an in-home health care agency, Nassau County prosecutors said.
Ryan Rudnet, 41, of Oyster Bay, and Robert Trinagel, 47, of Dix Hills, surrendered Tuesday to investigators from the Nassau County district attorney's office.
At their arraignment before Nassau County District Court Judge Darlene Harris, each was charged with second-degree grand larceny, a Class C felony, and seven counts of first-degree falsifying business records, a Class E felony, prosecutors said.
Rudnet was charged with an additional count of third-degree grand larceny, a Class D felony, related to an additional theft of funds from the agency, according to a news release.
If convicted of the top charge, each faces a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.
The two were ordered to surrender their passports and were released on their own recognizance. They are due back in court Nov. 5.
Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said the two participated in an "elaborate fraud" and stole more than $300,000 over a three-year period.
"These defendants were in positions of trust and allegedly abused that trust, using the ill-gotten gains to pay for their own personal expenses," Singas said.
According to the release, an employee of a home health care agency doing business in Nassau County discovered in May that a number of payments were made to a Hicksville-based company called Rovick88 Inc.
Rudnet, as finance director for the agency, approved payments for bogus consulting services on invoices submitted by Trinagel, who owned Rovick88, prosecutors said.
Trinagel, then a senior vice president at a Nassau County insurance company, and Rudnet stole about $318,000 from March 2012 through April 2015, officials said.
Trinagel's actions were unrelated to his employment at the insurance company and were unknown by the company.
Rudnet, whose share of the stolen proceeds was about $236,000, used the money for personal expenses such as mortgage payments, medical bills, landscaping services, pool expenses and more, prosecutors said. Trinagel allegedly used his portion, about $82,000, for personal expenses, too, including construction expenses, credit card payments and mortgage payments.
Prosecutors said the in-home care agency has received restitution through a $150,000 payment made by its insurer, with the balance already being paid by Trinagel.
Trinagel also has entered into an agreement with the insurer for repayment of the $150,000.
Mitchell Birzon, who represents Trinagel, said his client has made arrangements to make restitution and has no prior record.
He also said he's married with children, a dedicated family man, and is actively involved in his community.
"Mr. Trinagel has done everything to assume full responsibility," Birzon said.
Calls seeking comment from Rudnet's attorney were not immediately returned.