YONKERS TURKEY DRIVE ENDS WITH A GUILTY PLEA IN COUNTY COURT

 

  

 

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Lorraine Lopez (DOB 10/19/66) 202 Hayward Street, Yonkers, New York pled guilty today to the top count of the indictment that charged her with:

 

  • one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony,

 

in connection with the November 22nd 2011 charity Turkey Drive run by the City of Yonkers.

 

Between November 7th, 2011 and January 17th, 2012, the defendant, who at the time of the larceny had come out of retirement as a Special Assistant to then Mayor Philip Amicone, to take on the task of running the City’s annual charity Turkey Drive.  

 

The Turkey Drive is an annual charity event conducted under the auspices of the City of Yonkers, and donations are solicited to pay for the purchase of Turkeys and various other dinner trimmings.

 

The major contributors to the 2011 drive were the management and employees of Yonkers Contracting Corporation Inc., a construction and engineering firm located in the City of Yonkers.

 

The defendant received approximately $5,600 in donations from Yonkers Contracting for the express purpose of purchasing ingredients for Thanksgiving dinners that in turn would be given to various charities.

 

The defendant cashed the donation checks that were received through the Yonkers Parking Violations Bureau.

 

The larceny came to light when Yonkers Contracting contacted City Hall after January 1st, 2012 asking about the success of the Drive.

 

When no record of any purchases or disbursements could be located, the Office of Inspector General was contacted and an investigation was initiated.

 

The defendant was arrested by the Yonkers Police.

 

Sentencing will be on September 18th, 2012.

 

Restitution in the amount of $5,628 was paid in full at the time of the guilty plea.

 

The defendant faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.

 

Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, is prosecuting the case.

 

 

 

 Lorraine Lopez