A Westchester woman is facing more than a decade in prison after pleading guilty to stealing nearly $1 million from her victim while serving as a part-time personal assistant over the span of five years.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino said Tuesday that Yonkers resident Joann Perrino, 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny after utilizing her victim’s bank accounts for her own benefit, totaling $987,428.87 between January 2009 and May 2014.
According to Scarpino, Perrino opened an account in her own name, initiated transfers and wrote checks from her victim’s account to pay for her and her family’s personal expenses - without her victim’s knowledge, permission or authority.
The stolen money was used to fund payments on a car, Perrino’s mortgage and to pay for travel and spa treatments, Scarpino said. In one incident, Perrino spent nearly $4,500 on clothes. She was arrested by police in Mamaroneck in May 2014 following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office.
Perrino is currently out on $50,000 bail, but is due back in court on Thursday, May 11, when she will face 15 years in prison. As part of her sentence, she also has to pay complete restitution to her victim.