New York – Former Bon Aire treasurer indicted for allegedly pilfering $81K from condo fund

Rockland County Times: Former Bon Aire treasurer indicted for allegedly pilfering $81K from condo fund

June 3, 2014

Former Bon Aire Condominium One Complex Treasurer Kostantina Gardner, 25 Haskell Avenue, Suffern, 51-years-old, has been indicted by a Rockland County Grand Jury for grand larceny in the second degree. District Attorney Thomas Zugibe alleges she suctioned $81K from condominium coffers into her own purse between January 1, 2008 and May 1, 2013 while serving as treasurer. Zugibe said the defendant wrote various checks without permission or authority to herself and deposited same into her personal bank accounts. Longtime Condo One Board President Clifford Albertson spoke to the Rockland County Times about what led to the scandal and indictment. Albertson said, “It was a case where you place your trust in a person and it turns out the trust was very much misplaced.”

The board-representative of 48 units-had bylaws in place requiring two signatures on all checks, but in practice many of the checks were pre-signed by Albertson or the vice president, he told the Rockland County Times. Albertson said the board has now changed its policy so that one person writes checks and brings it to two others to sign, involving a total of three persons in the transaction and greatly lessening the likelihood of fraud.

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