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NYC DA: Accountant Stole from Holocaust Survivor

Barry Palczewski is charged with grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument

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    New York City prosecutors say an accountant has been indicted on charges he stole $1.2 million from an elderly Holocaust survivor.

    Barry Palczewski was charged with grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument Friday. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. says the 55-year-old worked in the law office of an attorney put in charge of the victim's estate several years ago.

    The suspect worked as an accountant in the office and managed the woman's bank accounts. Prosecutors say he stole more than 100 checks from the woman's personal account and wrote out checks to himself. They say the money paid for hot tub repairs and sporting events.

    The woman died last May at age 97.

    A call to Palczewski's lawyer was not immediately returned.

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