Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III announced that 40 year old Charmesa Brown of 32 Linda Drive, Cheektowaga, pleaded guilty, as charged, this afternoon to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree before County Court Judge Thomas P. Franczyk. These are the highest charges for which the defendant could have been convicted had she gone to trial.
Brown admitted that during the period between October 6, 2010 and July 11, 2012, while employed as an Administrator with Basset Manor, 245 Bassett Road, Williamsville, she stole a total of $110,174 from an elderly patient. Brown agreed to assist the victim by writing checks to the facility, but also wrote checks payable to herself. Brown did not report those earnings on her New York State Income Tax return. The nursing facility has agreed to make the victim whole.
This is the third major financial elder abuse conviction obtained by the Erie County District Attorney’s Office within the last month. On October 17, 2012, paralegal Pamela Blood pleaded guilty, as charged, to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, in connection with an embezzlement of over $300,000 from an elderly client. On October 30, 2012, con-man Richard Kesick pleaded guilty to bilking a 91 year old priest out of more than $500,000
District Attorneys’ Association President and Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance, Jr. announced the formation of the New York White Collar Crime Task late last month. DA Sedita, who was selected as one of the two co-chairs of the Task Force, stated: “Sadly, financial elder abuse is becoming more frequent in Erie County and across New York State. Not only will my office continue to aggressively prosecute those who prey upon our senior citizens in Buffalo and Erie County, but I will also endeavor to make the aggressive prosecution of these contemptible crooks a top priority of the New York White Collar Crime Task Force.”
Ms. Brown is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Franczyk; she faces maximum prison sentence of 19 years.