The prison sentence for Robert Wirchansky of Yonkers (pictured left) came after he failed to pay any restitution in the case. If he had repaid at least $165,000, he would have been sentenced to six months in the Westchester County jail as part of a five-year “shock” probation sentence.
Wirchansky, 50, cashed bogus insurance claims checks that he had written himself. He told investigators that he stole the money to pay for his wife’s medical bills after she was hurt in a car crash, according to court papers.
The indictment accused him of writing out a $10,000 check from Nationwide to Gerard Werchewski, a $9,000 check to Helen Woshensky, and a $9,000 check to Edward Brown. He changed the names on checks to reflect variations of his own name, then deposited the money into his personal account.
The fraud was discovered after Wirchansky left the company in 2006. He was accused of pilfering $296,808 from Nationwide. He pleaded guilty in August to a four-count felony indictment charging him with second-degree grand larceny and forgery.