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Jan. 13, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced today that Gretchen Wauchope (DOB 12/31/69) of 15 Kensington Road, Ardsley, NY, was sentenced by Judge Helen Blackwood to two-and-one-third to seven years in state prison after having pled guilty to:  

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class “C” Felony,
  • two counts of Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, class “E” Felonies.

From Jan. 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2015, the defendant, who was the Controller of the Pelham Country Club in Pelham Manor, New York, systematically embezzled funds for over five years.  She drew and negotiated checks from the bank account of Pelham Country Club to her own personal bank accounts and initiated electronic payments from the club accounts to pay personal credit card debts. Those embezzled funds were used to pay for luxury items such as a $100,000 recreational vehicle, regular high-end salon visits, luxury automobiles and rent on a private home that exceeded $4,000 month.

The total amount stolen in the larceny was $719,270.20.

In addition, the defendant failed to pay New York State Income Tax on the monies that she stole from the Country Club. The amount she owes in tax is $45,486.  

The larceny was discovered following an internal investigation by Pelham Country Club who then referred the matter to the District Attorney’s Office.

The defendant was remanded to the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

The defendant is also required, under restitution judgment orders, to repay $719,270.20 for the larceny and $45,486 in New York State taxes.

Assistant District Attorney Robert Mayes and Assistant District Attorney Gwen Galef of the Economic Crimes Bureau prosecuted the case.


Gretchen Wauchope

Gretchen Wauchope