GOSHEN – Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced on Jan/ 12, 2018, Michael Allocca, 58, of Wallkill, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill to one and one-half to three years in state prison in connection with a scam to defraud workers seeking jobs.
On Jan. 6, 2017, Allocca had pleaded guilty to Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.
It was alleged that Allocca had posed as a union recruiter from Laborer’s Union Local 731 and collected $150 from at least twenty-four people to whom he had promised union jobs. When in fact, Allocca had no ties to the union. As part of the sentence Allocca was ordered to pay restitution to all of the victims who had been identified. To date not all of those victims have been identified.
“This defendant callously preyed on people desperately seeking employment to support their families,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I have made it a priority under my administration to support Orange County’s workers. No one deserves to be victimized while they trying to earn money to support their families. My office regularly works with organized labor to ensure that workers are not victimized. It is particularly reprehensible that someone would impersonate a union official in order to defraud those desperately seeking employment.”