WHAT WENT WRONG IN HEMPSTEAD SCHOOLS?
MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – The former president of the Hempstead Schools Civil Service Association is facing charges of embezzling more than $90,000 during a four-year span.
Annette Greer, 54, of Hempstead, was arraigned Friday and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a charge which could carry a maximum penalty of up to seven years in prison.
According to the Nassau County district attorneys office, during Greers tenure from 2013 through June 2017, a total of 53 unauthorized cash withdrawals totaling more than $50,000 were allegedly made, and one $1,500 unauthorized scholarship payment was made to her son who investigators say did not attend college.
Other expenses allegedly included cell phone payments, retirement plaques, barbecues and other union expenses, but investigators say she pocketed the money for herself.
Annette Greer (credit: Nassau County District Attorneys Office)
“The members of the Hempstead Schools Civil Service Association entrusted this defendant with their union dues to represent and support them, but instead she allegedly pocketed their money for her personal use,” said District Attorney Madeline Singas.
According to authorities, as president Greer had access to the unions bank account, which was funded by dues paid by the HSCSA union members. Greer had complete control over the union checkbook until July 2016.
The Hempstead Schools Civil Service Association and the New York State Unified Teachers filed a complaint with the NCDA in January 2018, and an investigation immediately commenced.
“In June 2017, the defendant left office, and a new President of the HSCSA was elected and found discrepancies with the union finances,” said Singas office in a statement. “Following a review by New York State Unified Teachers – a federation of more than 1,200 local unions – it was discovered that from August 2014 through June 2017 the defendant allegedly made unauthorized check payments, purchases, and withdrawals that totaled $90,651.18.”
Greer is due back in court Oct. 22