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DA: Brightwaters woman stole $600G from company

Authorities said she wrote checks in excess of $240,000 to pay her personal credit card bills and charged more than $300,000 on a corporate credit card to fund vacations and sporting events -- including a trip to the 2013 Super Bowl in New Orleans.

Christa Ramos, also known as Christa Riccaldo, 44, of Brightwaters, was arraigned Wednesday on charges of second-degree grand larceny after an investigation by the economic crimes bureau in the Suffolk County district attorney's office. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond.

Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota was not immediately available for comment.

Authorities said Ramos has "a lengthy criminal record" that includes convictions in Rockland County and Queens and said her most recent conviction was in 2005 for second-degree forgery for which she was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in state prison.

She was paroled in July 2007, authorities said, and Spota's investigation started when a parole officer tracked her down at work in March after she failed to check in.

Ramos served as the bookkeeper for 2 Brothers Scrap Metal Inc. in Farmingdale, authorities said.

During her tenure from October 2007 until March, authorities said Ramos embezzled about $600,000. In addition to the checks she wrote in excess of $240,000, officials said, she charged more than $100,000 on sporting event tickets -- including $17,000 to fund a Super Bowl trip to New Orleans. Authorities said she also used company funds to pay for vacations to Brazil, Las Vegas and to the Turks and Caicos. She also paid off about $15,000 in car expenses and more than $2,000 on veterinary bills.