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Roslyn Heights Man Faces Embezzlement Charges

PTA treasurer accused of stealing $15k from school for disabled children.

A Roslyn Heights man was charged with stealing more than $15,000 from the parent-teacher association of the Henry Viscardi School in Albertson, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The school serves children with severe physical and medical disabilities.

Following an investigation, John Rom, 57, was arrested Tuesday morning by DA investigators. Rice said that between February 2009 and May 2011, Rom, who served as the treasurer of the Henry Viscardi School Special Education Parents Teachers Association, embezzled $15,885 from the association by writing a series of unauthorized checks that were made payable to himself or to cash. Rom also made withdrawals from the association’s bank account for school expenses, but instead spent the money on personal living expenses after he had lost his job and home to foreclosure, Rice said.

Rom’s daughter attends the school. The theft was discovered after an audit of the PTA’s financial records.

“This defendant may have thought that the effects of the economic downturn warranted this theft, but the fact is that he stole money from children with severe disabilities that are already facing immense obstacles,” Rice said. “I want to thank the Henry Viscardi School for their assistance with this investigation.”

Investigators charged Rom with grand larceny in the third degree. He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, and was scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead.

Assistant District Attorney Peter Mancuso of the Government & Consumer Frauds Bureau is prosecuting the case.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Amy Franklin December 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Are you kidding...he stole from the PTA...which means he stole from the kids.
Anne D. December 12, 2012 at 03:50 PM
What a disgrace. Who were the auditors that he was able to get away with this for 3 years. The PTA needs to get a new auditor. Did he use Roslyn UFSD as his mentor?? Former School District Treasurer
Captain Twinky December 12, 2012 at 07:34 PM
It is what it is. everybody has there struggles and has to fight for his or her family if your house was up for forclosure and your family was going to forced out on the street what would you do? your child has a psyical handicap your wife is not in good health either. He took vows to protect his wife and family yes it was wrong to steal what's done is done now pay for your crimes.
Captain Twinky December 12, 2012 at 07:35 PM
And I know Jon Rom he is a family man JMW
Cypher December 12, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Someone find out how much "Captain Twinky" is stealing.

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