According to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, the former maintenance supervisor for Modell’s Sporting Goods, was arrested and indicted for Grand Larceny in the Second Degree (New York Penal Law 155.40) and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree (New York Penal Law 175.10). District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. alleged that the former employee, Gaetano Mignone, along with two New Jersey based contractors, Clifford Casmento and Donna Dunsmuir Casamento, concocted a plan whereby Mignone approved construction work and paid the Casementos for their services. These jobs allegedly included upgrading various stores to maintain compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite the approvals and invoices, it is claimed that the defendants, including East Coast Precision Construction Services and Five Star Maintenance Corporation, bilked Modell’s out of $200,000 for work never done. Prosecutors believe that scheme went unnoticed for some time because Casemento routinely approved work orders for less than $5000 for which he was permitted to process without additional signatures.
If convicted of the above crimes, the defendants face up to 15 years in state prison for the Grand Larceny and 4 years in state prison for the Falsifying Business Records.
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