Attorney General Cuomo Announces Criminal Charges Against A Former Suny Employee For Using State Credit Card To Purchase Personal Items

 

NEW YORK, NY (June 3, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced criminal charges against a former employee of the State University of New York College of Optometry for using her state-issued credit card to defraud the state of more than $10,000.

According to the complaint, from February 2007 to September 2008, Regina Carter, 48, of Mount Vernon, repeatedly used state resources to purchase items such as disc jockey equipment, clothing, and laptop computers for her personal use. Carter was employed by the College of Optometry at 33 West 42nd Street in Manhattan from 2002 to 2008. She was issued a credit card as her responsibilities included purchasing various supplies for the college.

“State taxpayers support SUNY schools and they deserve to know their money is being used to educate the next generation of New Yorkers,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “With SUNY making the same tough financial decisions as families and state and local governments, we must continue to aggressively pursue cases involving allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse. The taxpayers expect nothing less.”

Carter is charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (class D felony), which carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, and one count of Official Misconduct (class A misdemeanor), which carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.

The Attorney General thanked the SUNY College of Optometry and the SUNY General Counsel’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Emily Bradford of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Bureau under the supervision of Deputy Chief Stacy Aronowitz and Special Deputy Attorney General for Public Integrity Ellen Biben, with the assistance of Investigator Mike Ward.

The charges against the defendant are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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