District Attorney Clark said defendants, Paulette New, 63, of Southern Blvd., and Angela Grindley, 56, of Morgan Ave., were indicted on third-degree Grand Larceny and third-degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. New was additionally indicted on second-degree Grand Larceny and second-degree Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Both defendants were arraigned before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Steven Barrett. They were released and are due back in court on January 30, 2018. If convicted of the top charge, New faces a maximum of five to 15 years in prison and Grindley faces a maximum of two-and-a-third years to seven years in prison.
According to the investigation, from April 2011 to April 2015, New, who was the chairperson of the board of the East Tremont Head Start Alumni Day Care Center, improperly used approximately $100,000 of the Center’s funds. The defendant allegedly frequently withdrew money from the Center’s account from ATM machines and made several transfers to her bank account, using much of the money to purchase personal items from televised home shopping sites QVC and HSN. She also allegedly used the Center’s fund to pay for her sister’s funeral.
According to the investigation, starting in 2013, Grindley, who was on the board as the daycare’s treasurer, allegedly received more than $29,000 from the nonprofit.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Miriam Bell-Blair, Director of the Immigrant Affairs Unit, under the supervision of William Zelenka, Chief of the Economic Crimes Bureau and under the overall supervision of Stuart Levy, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and Jean T. Walsh, Chief of the Investigations Division.
District Attorney Clark thanked her Office’s Senior Detective Investigator John Wall and Senior Rackets Investigator Marco Conelli and former Assistant District Attorney Gabriel Altman for their assistance in the case.
The investigation was conducted with DOI’s Office of Inspector General for City-funded not-for-profits, including Senior Investigative Auditor Nicole Clyne and First Deputy Inspector General/Chief Forensic Auditor Ivette Morales, under the supervision of Inspector General Andrew Sein and under the overall supervision of Deputy Commissioner/Chief of Investigations Susan Lambiase and First Deputy Commissioner Lesley Brovner.
An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt.