Ontario County Adult Home Administrator Gets 6 Months In Jail For Stealing $60,000 From Residents And Facility
Attorney General Spitzer today announced that the former administrator of a Canandaigua adult home, who admitted to stealing more that $43,000 from residents, as well as stealing another $17,300 from the facility, has been sentenced to six months in jail, followed by six months of electronic home confinement.
Appearing today in by Ontario County Court before Judge Craig Doran, Kim Mangiarelli, the former administrator of the Elm Manor Home for Adults, was additionally sentenced to five years' probation, and ordered to perform 1,500 hours of community services, and to write a letter of apology to her victims. She was immediately remanded.
Mangiarelli, who pleaded guilty in March to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, also has to make a total of $60,490 in restitution to the facility and eight of its residents.
"We are satisfied that the sentence reflects the seriousness of the crime," said Spitzer. "Mangiarelli put her greed ahead of her responsibilities for the vulnerable residents entrusted to her care. This prosecution sends a clear message that when adult home officials take advantage of residents, my office will do everything possible to not only obtain restitution for the victims, but vigorously prosecute the offenders."
As Elm Manor administrator, Mangiarelli assisted many of the residents in maintaining their bank accounts and writing checks for their monthly room and board. Beginning in October 1999, however, she wrote a number of residents' checks, totaling $32,204, payable to herself or cash.
Mangiarelli employed a similar scheme to steal $10,944 in residents' personal allowance funds. By having the residents write out checks either to cash or to her, Mangiarelli would then cash the checks, using just a small portion of the money to purchase items for the residents or pay for expenses they had incurred. She would then use the remainder of the money for her own self.
In addition, between October 1999 and October 2000, Mangiarelli placed her husband in a "no-show" job on Elm Manor's payroll, resulting in the theft of $14,859 from the facility.
Finally, Mangiarelli admitted that, by using Elm Manor's corporate credit card with the Wegmans supermarket chain, she improperly purchased $2,483 in groceries for herself and her family.
Spitzer thanked the Elm Manor Home for Adults for its cooperation and assistance in the investigation. He also thanked the Social Security Administration for working with his office and the facility to ensure that the residents' benefits would not be placed at risk when the money is returned.
Mangiarelli, 30, of 3273 Smith Road in Canandaigua, was employed at Elm Manor from March 1988 until her termination in November 2000. She became administrator in April 1996. Elm Manor is located at 210 Main Street in Canandaigua.
Special Assistant Attorney General Jerry M. Solomon, Director of the Rochester Regional Office of Attorney General Spitzer's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, prosecuted the case. All cases are filed under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.