The former Cooperstown Food Pantry co-director accused of stealing more than $18,000 from the food pantry pleaded guilty to the theft at a hearing Friday, Nov. 15, in the Otsego County Courthouse.
Antoine Bourbon-Parme, also known as Anthony Cazzari, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl told The Daily Star on Monday, Nov. 18.
He will receive a three-year conditional discharge and no jail time, and must pay full restitution.
If Bourbon-Parme gets re-arrested during his conditional discharge, he can be re-sentenced on the original charge, Muehl said. Bourbon-Parme must pay the restitution on or before his sentencing, which is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 20, at the Otsego County Courthouse.
Muehl said he isn’t sure why Bourbon-Parme would have stolen the money.
“He never really said,” Muehl said.
Bourbon-Parme became a co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry in 2015, according to unitedwaydo.galaxydigital.com.
He was accused of stealing $18,579.71 from the pantry in a series of unauthorized checks deposited into his personal bank account between Oct. 20, 2017, and Jan. 22 of this year.
Bourbon-Parme was arraigned April 3 in the Otsego Town Court and sent to the Otsego County Correctional Facility in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond, according to court officials.
Written statements from three current and former executives of the food pantry — the only authorized signatories on the account — further alleged Bourbon-Parme forged their signatures on eight checks, which were drawn on the pantry’s account with the Leatherstocking Regional Federal Credit Union.
Bourbon-Parme was arrested in April and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, according to a complaint filed by criminal investigators from the New York State Department of Financial Services.
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