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12 LI officials who stole public funds

Former Roslyn School District superintendent Frank Tassone was

Former Roslyn School District superintendent Frank Tassone was convicted in 2006 of stealing more than $2 million from the district, which he paid back, as part of an $11-million embezzlement scheme of school district funds. (Sept. 26, 2005) Photo Credit: ED BETZ

These are some Long Island officials who over the years were convicted of stealing public funds to benefit themselves personally.

Former Long Beach Councilman Michael Fagen was convicted
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Former Long Beach Councilman Michael Fagen was convicted in 2013 of petty larceny and 18 counts of offering a false instrument for filing. The conviction stemmed from his collecting more than $15,000 in unemployment benefits in 2010, while he served on the City Council. (Feb. 6, 2012)

Pamela Gluckin, a former assistant superintendent for business
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Pamela Gluckin, a former assistant superintendent for business at the Roslyn School District, was convicted in 2006 of stealing $4.3 million as part of an $11-million embezzlement of school district funds. (Nov. 10, 2005)

Former Roslyn School District superintendent Frank Tassone was
Photo Credit: ED BETZ

Former Roslyn School District superintendent Frank Tassone was convicted in 2006 of stealing more than $2 million from the district, which he paid back, as part of an $11-million embezzlement scheme of school district funds. (Sept. 26, 2005)

Daniel Cifonelli, former assistant superintendent for business at
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Daniel Cifonelli, former assistant superintendent for business at the William Floyd School District, pleaded guilty to state charges in 2006 of stealing $687,000 from the district. (Jan. 6, 2006)

Robert Santora was among five former Selden Fire
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Robert Santora was among five former Selden Fire District commissioners who pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 in taxpayer funds. They acknowledged using district money for personal expenses -- such as alcohol and meals for non-department guests -- while attending out-of-state conferences in Las Vegas and other cities. (March 20, 2007)

Joseph Parente was among five former Selden Fire
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Joseph Parente was among five former Selden Fire District commissioners who pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 in taxpayer funds. They acknowledged using district money for personal expenses -- such as alcohol and meals for non-department guests -- while attending out-of-state conferences in Las Vegas and other cities. (March 20, 2007)

Jack Emr was among five former Selden Fire
Photo Credit: Freelance Photo by Howard Schnapp

Jack Emr was among five former Selden Fire District commissioners who pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 in taxpayer funds. They acknowledged using district money for personal expenses -- such as alcohol and meals for non-department guests -- while attending out-of-state conferences in Las Vegas and other cities. (March 20, 2007)

Joseph Callari was among five former Selden Fire
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Joseph Callari was among five former Selden Fire District commissioners who pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 in taxpayer funds. They acknowledged using district money for personal expenses -- such as alcohol and meals for non-department guests -- while attending out-of-state conferences in Las Vegas and other cities. (March 20, 2007)

James Spatafora was among five former Selden Fire
Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

James Spatafora was among five former Selden Fire District commissioners who pleaded guilty in 2007 to misdemeanor larceny charges for stealing more than $50,000 in taxpayer funds. They acknowledged using district money for personal expenses -- such as alcohol and meals for non-department guests -- while attending out-of-state conferences in Las Vegas and other cities. (March 20, 2007)

John Jackson, a former assistant superintendent of finance
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John Jackson, a former assistant superintendent of finance and operations at the Mineola School District, pleaded guilty to bribery and official misconduct and agreed to repay the district $28,902, which represents the cost of patio materials and a home sprinkler system and money he stole to buy sod and landscaping materials for his Commack home.

Former William Floyd School District assistant superintendent Rocco
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Former William Floyd School District assistant superintendent Rocco DiNapoli admitted claiming on two separate occasions that he was still married so his ex-wife would be covered by his school district health insurance. He was convicted in 2007, sentenced to five years probation and 560 hours of community service, and repaid the $56,000 he stole from the district.

Former William Floyd School District treasurer James A.
Photo Credit: Newsday/David L. Pokress

Former William Floyd School District treasurer James A. Wright pleaded guilty in 2007 to stealing $777,145 by writing checks to himself and falsifying information on forms to make it appear that the district spent all the money it received in government grants. (June 29, 2004)

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