Personal Assistant Stole $1M From Employer: Charges
Joann Perrino has pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2017 2:48 PM CST
Joann Perrino   (Westchester County District Attorney's Office)

(Newser) – A New York woman is facing up to 15 years in prison after allegedly using nearly $1 million of her employer's money on a new car, trips, spa treatments, and mortgage payments for herself, the Journal News reports. The Westchester County District Attorney's Office says 60-year-old Joann Perrino even spent more than $4,300 of her employer's money on clothes in a single shopping trip. Perrino pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny on Tuesday.

The DA says Perrino, who worked as a part-time personal assistant for the victim, transferred money and wrote checks from the victim's account without the victim's knowledge, the Yonkers Daily Voice reports. According to News12 Westchester, the name of the victim isn't being released. The DA says Perrino took $987,428 from the victim starting in 2009 and ending with her arrest in May 2014. In addition to prison time, Perrino must pay the money back.

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