Insurance manager sent to prison for stealing funds

An ex-manager for Nationwide Insurance was sentenced today to one to three years in state prison for stealing nearly $300,000 from the company during his six years in the Elmsford branch.

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.

Ex-Nationwide Insurance manager admits to theft

An ex-manager for Nationwide Insurance admitted today to stealing nearly $300,000 from the company during his six years in the Elmsford branch.

Robert Wirchansky of Yonkers pleaded guilty in Westchester County Court to a four-count felony indictment charging him with second-degree grand larceny and forgery.

He told investigators from Nationwide and the 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.

Prosecutors said Wirchansky, 49, stole the money between November 2000 and January 2006. 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. Wirchansky 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 had left the company. He made $60,000 a year when he started at Nationwide and $75,000 when he left, according to the court papers.

Wirchansky agreed to repay $296,808 and serve 6 months in the Westchester County jail in Valhalla as part of a five-year “shock” probation sentence. He must repay at least $165,000 before his sentencing date of Oct. 28. If he fails to do so, he could be sent to state prison for 1 to 3 years, according to the District Attorney’s office.