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Post date: March 23 2001

Ontario County Adult Home Administrator Admits To Stealing $60,000 From Residents And Facility

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that the administrator of a Canandaigua adult home has admitted to stealing more that $43,000 from residents, as well as stealing another $17,300 from the facility by giving her husband a "no-show" job at the facility, and using a corporate credit card to purchase groceries for her family.

Kim Mangiarelli, the former administrator of the Elm Manor Home for Adults, appeared today in Ontario County Court before Judge Craig Doran and pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. Mangiarelli also agreed to make restitution of $60,490 to the facility and eight of its residents.

As part of a plea agreement, Mangiarelli will face up to four years in prison when she is sentenced on May 25, 2001.

Attorney General Spitzer said, "Residents of adult care facilities place their lives and finances in the hands of people like Mangiarelli. This conviction sends a clear message that when adult home officials take advantage of the vulnerable residents in their care, my office will not only vigorously prosecute the offenders but do everything possible to obtain restitution for them."

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 checks payable to herself or cash. As a result, she stole $32,204 in residents' funds for her own use.

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 use.

Between October 1999 and October 2000, Mangiarelli placed her husband in a "no-show" job on Elm Manor's payroll. As a result, Mangiarelli stole $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.