NEW YORK CITY -- (WPIX) -— The former treasurer of a non-profit police charity was arrested for stealing over $400,000 meant for families of NYPD officers killed in the line of duty and using the funds for concert tickets and her son’s legal expenses, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.
Lorraine Shanley, 68, of Staten Island, who worked for the charity for seven years, faces charges of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft after allegedly stealing more than 20 percent of its donations. She surrendered Thursday morning and is expected to appear in Manhattan federal court.
The charity received about $1.9 million in donations during Shanley’s time as treasurer, with 99 percent of the funds coming from NYPD employees, prosecutors said.
According to the federal complaint, Shanley wrote at least $45,000 in checks that were either payable to family members, or that were made out to other people but which she double endorsed and deposited into her own accounts.