One of three EMTs who were arrested for stealing more than $300,000 from a nonprofit volunteer ambulance group has been sentenced to serve four months in jail and pay full restitution, authorities said.
Daniel Dominguez, a volunteer emergency medical technician, was arrested in 2013 along with two other EMTs for stealing from bank accounts of the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CCAC).
The arrests took place after the Attorney General’s Charities Bureau received a complaint from CCAC board members about “possible missing and misappropriated funds from CCAC bank accounts.”
An investigation found that while Dominguez served as a board member and treasurer of CCAC, he stole more than $300,000 from the nonprofit’s bank accounts by transferring funds directly to his personal accounts, according to a felony complaint. He then used the money to go on trips to Disney World and Niagara Falls, and purchased luxury car service trips and expensive meals.
“Daniel Dominguez used this charity dedicated to providing medical services to New Yorkers as his own personal piggy bank,” said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “This defendant is not only headed to jail, but also must repay every dollar that he stole from the nonprofit. Our message is clear: Crime doesn’t pay.”
Dominguez also allegedly helped a second EMT and CCAC board member, Daryl Adeva, make an unauthorized transfer of $8,960 to his own account, court records said. The attorney general also charged the third EMT, David Moretti, who served as a board member and president of CCAC, in a third felony complaint for stealing more than $11,000 from the nonprofit between September 2008 and May 2011.
Dominguez pleaded guilty on Jan. 14 of this year to grand larceny in the third degree and was sentenced Friday to serve four months in jail, five years probation and to pay full restitution. If he fails to pay the full restitution, Dominguez faces up to seven years in prison.
The two other EMTs — Adeva and Moretti — were each already convicted of attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree. Moretti pleaded guilty to the charge in March 2014 and Adeva pleaded guilty in May 2014.