Former Top UB Administrator Is Sentenced For Stealing State Funds

Modified: December 15, 2017 11:28am

12/6/2017

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 48-year-old Andrea Costantino of Depew has been sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to a three-year conditional discharge for stealing State funds. 

In September, the defendant pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree. 

Costantino, who resigned as Director of Campus Living at the State University of New York at Buffalo in August, stole approximately $14,000 for personal expenses since 2013 from a Faculty Student Association (FSA) funded account.

Costantino paid $14,000 in full restitution to New York State. Under the sentence, she will avoid jail time over the next three years if she leads a law-abiding life. 

Her guilty plea followed a joint investigation with the New York State Inspector General’s Office. 

DA Flynn commends Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and SUNY Buffalo for their outstanding investigative work.

Assistant District Attorney Gary M. Ertel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Bureau prosecuted the case.