COOPERSTOWN – A former home health aide was arraigned in Otsego County Court today on charges that she stole more than $33,000 from an elderly couple over 15 months when they were in her care.
Stephanie Shulgay, 32, plead “Not guilty” to the third-degree grand larceny charges, filed by a grand jury. It is alleged that she stole the money from the couple by using their credit and debit cards between July 2017 and October 2018, while working as a home health aide.
“You can’t just breach someone’s trust like that,” said District Attorney John Muehl.
According to the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department, Shulgay allegedly used the money to pay bills for herself and an elderly uncle.
COOPERSTOWN – The former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry was arraigned at 12:30 p.m. today in Otsego Town Court, charged with stealing more than $18,000 from the organization.
Antoine Bourbon-Parme, also known as Anthony Cazzari, was sent to Otsego County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond by Town Justice Gary Kuch.
According to the court documents, Bourbon-Parme forged the names of Audrey Murray, retired director, Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017. The last check, dated Jan. 22, was for $1,852.38.
MILFORD – An Oneonta man was arrested after state police received a tip that a Springbrook employee was stealing from the company.
Michael G. Graziano, 34, Oneonta, was arrested after police were advised of theft at Springbrook’s Milford campus. An investigation determined that Graziano had allegedly falsified business records from January to September 2017 to steal over $7,000 in pay.
ONEONTA – A day after a 66 year old woman was pushed to the ground and her purse stolen on River Street, Oneonta Police have arrested and charged an Oneonta man with the crime, as well as several crimes dating back to July.
Joshua J. Johnston, 23, Oneonta, was arrested after police located him at a residence on Burnside Avenue. He was charged with Robbery in the second degree, a Class C Felony and Assault in the third degree, a Class A Misdemeanor.
Through further investigation, it was determined that Mr. Johnston was the perpetrator in three separate Grand Larceny incidents whereby various items were stolen from the inside of parked cars over the past month. As a result, he was also charged with three or more counts of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E Felony.
COOPERSTOWN – Police are warning Cooperstown residents to lock their doors after a man walked into a Nelson Avenue home and stole a purse.
Around 3 p.m. yesterday afternoon, a man in drove up to a home on Nelson Avenue in a green Dodge Caravan and walked into the house while the residents were upstairs. He allegedly stole a purse off a table, and the children saw him as he was exiting the home.
ONEONTA – An Oneonta couple was arrested Monday, Feb. 8 and charged with using an elderly neighbor’s checking account to pay their bills.
The Otsego County Sheriff’s office was alerted by the Office of the Aging that an elderly woman’s checking account was being used to make payments on her neighbor’s bills. An investigation revealed that Gordon Carr-Wisner, 29 and his wife, Rebecca Carr-Wisner, 25, obtained the account information, over-paid on their NYSEG account and then received a refund check for more than $3,000. The investigation also revealed that the account was being used to pay the couple’s Time Warner Bill, as well as other purchases.