Sheila Seward added compensation to her paychecks in amounts from $39.00 to $6,900.00
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a former employee of the Elmont Memorial Library was sentenced today for stealing more than $260,000 from the Library between 2012 and 2018.
Sheila Seward, 59, of West Babylon, pled guilty on September 1 before Judge Helene Gugerty to grand larceny in the second degree (a C felony). The defendant was sentenced today to one to three years in prison and is required to pay $236,752.50 in restitution.
“Sheila Seward stole more than $260,000 from the Elmont Library by increasing the amount on her paycheck more than 100 times during a six-year period,” DA Singas said. “I thank the Elmont Memorial Library for their cooperation in this investigation and I’m glad that the stolen money will be returned to this important community fixture.”
DA Singas said that from August 2012 to September 2018 the defendant stole a total of $262,190.20 from the Elmont Memorial Library.
As an administrative assistant for the library the defendant was responsible for preparing the payroll, which gave her access to the library’s finances. Beginning in August 2012, the defendant, without permission from library officials, began to add excess payments labeled as ‘other compensation’ to her paychecks.
The amounts she added to her checks ranged from $39.00 to $6,900.00 and increased over time as she became more emboldened in her theft. In total, she added money to her paychecks more than 100 times.
Following a review of the library’s financial statements by an outside accounting firm, library officials became aware of the scheme in September 2018 and reported the case to the NCDA.
The defendant asserted that she used the money for medical bills and college tuition. She resigned from her position at the library in August 2018.
Senior Assistant District Attorney Heather Kalachman of DA Singas’ Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting this case. John Russo, Esq. represents the defendant.