Feb. 7, 2018 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Carol Ressa, 53, of 9 Union Place, Lake Peekskill, NY has pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree as a Public Corruption Crime, a class ā€œCā€ Felony. Acting County Court Judge Michael Martinelli heard the plea.

The defendant was a long-time employee of the Tarrytown Union Free School District and most recently worked as a secretary at the Sleepy Hollow Middle School.

Between October, 2011 and March, 2017, Ressa used her position as a public employee to steal thousands of dollars from the Tarrytown Union Free School District.  In addition to stealing unauthorized checks drawn from a School District bank account and made payable to herself, the defendant also stole multiple checks and money orders which had been provided to the School District by Middle School students and their families in order to pay for various student activities. Those included class trips, yearbooks, and even school lunches.  After stealing these various checks and money orders payments, the defendant deposited the stolen District funds into her own personal bank accounts for her own personal use.

As a result of this scheme, the defendant stole over $10,000 from the School District. She is scheduled to be sentenced on May 9, 2018. According to the terms of her plea agreement, Ressa must pay restitution to the school district and will be sentenced to five years probation.

This case is being prosecuted by Deputy Bureau Chief Brian Fitzgerald of the Public Integrity Bureau.

police photograph of Carol Ressa

Carol Ressa

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