Lorraine Shanley police widow, NYPD officers killed within the line of obligation.
The previous volunteer treasurer of a police charity is accused of stealing greater than $400,000 meant for the households of NYPD officers killed within the line of obligation.
Investigators say over a seven-year interval, 68-year-old Lorraine Shanley, a police widow, pocketed greater than 20 % of the $1.9 million in donations made to the charity, Survivors of the Protect, with virtually all the money coming from NYPD workers.
Shanley is accused of spending $29,000 to pay her grandchild’s personal faculty tuition, $63,000 to pay for authorized providers associated to felony prices in opposition to her son, greater than $30,000 on dental providers, $25,000 for landscaping at her residence and even $1,400 to see Barbara Streisand in live performance, federal prosecutors stated.
In different instances, prosecutors say Shanley allegedly wrote out checks that have been both payable to members of the family or made out to different individuals which she then double endorsed and deposited into her personal accounts.
Prosecutors with the Southern District of New York say Shanley is dealing with financial institution fraud and identitify theft prices.
“Lorraine Shanley allegedly capitalized on tragedy and monetized individuals’s generosity,” U.S. Lawyer Geoffrey S. Berman stated.
Shanley surrendered to authorities Thursday morning.
Her husband was an NYPD officer. He died on obligation from a coronary heart assault in 1986.
The charity’s president stated Shanley betrayed the belief of the group.
“We’ve made it our mission to root out this mistaken doing and put a system in place so this by no means occurs once more,” charity president Kathleen Vigiano stated.