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Officials: NYPA contractor admits forging checks

A former New York Power Authority landscape contractor pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument after prosecutors say he forged more than $200,000 in checks, including some made to look as though they came from the power authority, officials said.

Judge William O'Brien is expected to sentence Nicholas Analitis, 35, of Brentwood, to 2 to 4 years in prison at his sentencing April 26, officials said.

Analitis' lawyer, Joseph Norton of Mineola, said it was a fair deal for his client.

"Mr. Analitis was prepared to go to trial, but there was little to be gained from a practical standpoint," he said, adding that under the deal, Analitis' sentence will run concurrently with one he will serve in a related case.

Acting New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice worked together in the investigation.

"This defendant is nothing more than a scam artist who would rather steal someone else's money than earn his own, and that he chose to victimize the taxpayers is even more galling," Rice said in a statement.

The inspector general launched the investigation after NYPA officials said Analitis had tried to cash three forged NYPA checks totaling more than $122,000 at various financial institutions. Prosecutors said he also forged more than $84,000 in checks from private companies he had worked with, and used someone else's credit card to buy more than $4,900 worth of jewelry.

Analitis operated the Prestige Builder & Management landscaping business in Jericho. In 2010, NYPA contracted with Prestige for more than $140,000 in sidewalk repairs and landscaping services at one facility. NYPA terminated the contract in 2011 for poor performance, officials said.

Investigators believe that Analitis used a check NYPA had paid him as a template to create forged checks.

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