Albert Melin, the former treasurer of the Patterson Fire Department in Patterson, New York (“PFD”), pled guilty on Wednesday, November 2, to wire fraud and false subscription to tax returns before in connection with his embezzlement of more than $1.1 million from the PFD.
According to the allegations contained in the Information filed against Melin and statements made in related court filings and proceedings:
Melin was first elected treasurer of the PFD in 2013. From December 2013 to October 2015, Melin embezzled PFD funds under his control by writing checks to the two businesses he owned, 211 Medical, P.C. (“211 Medical”) and N.A.S. Management Co., Inc. (“N.A.S.”). Melin then deposited the checks to bank accounts held by 211 Medical or N.A.S. Melin also charged expenses of 211 Medical and N.A.S. to the PFD’s debit card.
Melin embezzled more than $1.1 million by writing more than 130 fraudulent checks. He used the money to support 211 Medical and N.A.S., to make payments on his home mortgage loan, and to pay personal expenses, including the costs of family vacations. Melin failed to report this income on his personal tax return for 2014 and falsely reported some of the embezzled funds as revenue on the corporate tax return for 211 Medical in an effort to disguise its source.
Melin , 46, of Patterson, New York, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and one count of subscribing to false tax returns, which carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
In pleading guilty, Melin agreed to forfeit to the United States a sum of money no less than $1,151,000.
Melin is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nelson S. Roman on February 3, 2017.