By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
COOPERSTOWN – Antoine Bourbon-Parme, the former director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry who was charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization, will plead guilty and pay back the full amount, District Attorney John Muehl said today.
“He’s never been convicted of a crime and he’s making a payment up front,” said Muehl. “That’s what’s keeping him out of jail.”
Bourbon-Parme, 59, was arrested in April after an investigation found he stole $18,579 from the organization’s accounts over 16 months., beginning in October 2017 and ending in late January.
It was found he forged the names of Audrey Murray, retired director; Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017.
The investigation also revealed that, as Anthony Gerard Cazzari, a.k.a. Antoine G.B. de Bourbon-Parme, he was arrested in 1999 inLower Makefield, Pa., north of Philadelphia, where he was arrested in 1999 – – and charged with stealing $300,000 for 12 victims across four states by posing as an interior designer.
Police said a Lower Makefield couple arranged for Bourbon-Parme to decorate two homes with furniture, wallpaper and draperies, but failed to deliver the promised items and services.
During his sentencing on Friday, Aug,. 27, he will plead to grand larceny, fourth degree. In addition to paying restitution, he will also be sentenced to probation for between 3-5 years, said Muehl.