Woman who stole $180K to serve no jail time

A Hartsdale woman (left) will serve no jail time for stealing more than $180,000 when she was treasurer of a Mount Vernon co-op apartment complex.

Mary Mancuso, 53, was sentenced today to serve five years’ probation for second-degree grand larceny. She pleaded guilty to the felony charge on Jan. 11.

Mancuso was accused of embezzling $181,657 from Vernon Woods Apartments Inc., 180 Pearsall Drive, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

As treasurer of the 353-unit apartment complex, Mancuso used money from the co-op’s bank account for personal expenses, including $80,000 for landscaping at her private home on Topland Road.

After a new management company took over, a complaint led to an investigation beginning in June 2009 by investigators from the District Attorney’s Office and, ultimately, Mancuso’s arrest.

She has paid back the entire amount, which prosecutors said she stole between December 2007 and April 2008. If she had been convicted at a trial she could have been sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in state prison.

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined The Journal News in March 2004. She covers Eastchester, Bronxville and Tuckahoe, and was previously the state and county courts reporter in Westchester County. In prior jobs, she covered the Town of Greenburgh and Rockland County government and politics. Before coming to The Journal News, she was a municipal reporter for newspapers in New Haven, Conn. and Warren, Ohio.