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EMTs Stole $320,000 from Ambulance Nonprofit: Prosecutors

The suspects were in leadership roles at the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps and used the stolen cash on luxury car service trips, vacations and car payments

Friday, Sep 20, 2013  |  Updated 6:31 AM EDT
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EMTs Stole $320K from Ambulance Nonprofit: Prosecutors

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Three volunteer EMTs pumped more than $320,000 from a nonprofit Queens ambulance corps into their own bank accounts, prosecutors say.

The men took funds from the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps and spent the money on luxury car services, vacations, car payments and theater tickets, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

All three EMTs were arraigned in court Thursday on grand larceny charges.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old ambulance corps' treasurer allegedly transferred more than $300,000 from the organization’s bank account into his own, then spent the money on fancy meals, luxury car service trips and vacations in Disney World and Niagara Falls. 

He also allegedly helped another 31-year-old board member steal about $8,960 from the nonprofit.

The 41-year-old president of Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps is accused of stealing about $11,000 from the organization between 2008 and 2011.

Prosecutors allege that the president transferred money and withdrew cash from the organization's bank account. He also is accused of using one of the group's credit cards to make car payments and overseas money transfers.

The investigation began when some of the board members filed a complaint with the attorney general's office about possible missing or misappropriated funds. 

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