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.
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.
"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.