WHITE PLAINS – Daniel Stern , age 52, of City Island, NY, was sentenced on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, by Judge Larry Schwartz to two to four years in state prison after being convicted of one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony, according to Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr.
The district attorney said on Sept. 21, 2015, Stern, while falsely representing he was an attorney, stole approximately $31,000 from the victim in the City of New Rochelle.
Specifically, Stern told the victim he was an attorney and could represent him during the purchase of real property. The defendant received a $40,000 cash down payment from the victim on Sept. 21, 2015 at the victim’s house, said DA Scarpino Jr.
Unbeknownst to the defendant, the victim video recorded the transaction. The defendant then used approximately $31,000 of the funds for his own personal use.
Forensic accounting showed the victim withdrawing the $40,000 from the bank, but the defendant did not deposit the cash into a bank account.
The defendant returned $9,000 to the victim and in doing so admitted to the original theft amount.
The New Rochelle Police Department conducted the initial investigation working jointly with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
A Judgment and Order of Restitution in the amount of $31,000 was issued in favor of the victim.