Police arrested the former treasurer of a charity that collected nearly $2 million for the families of fallen New York Police Department officers and charged her with stealing hundreds of thousands.
Lorraine Shanley, 68, surrendered to police on Thursday morning over the charges that she took $410,000 from the charity.
The federal complaint says she stole about 20 percent of the funds that were collected mostly from other NYPD employees. She had been the treasurer for seven years.
Federal prosecutors said that spent the money on a list that included:
- $29,000 for a grandchild's private school tuition
- $63,000 for legal services for a son facing criminal charges
- $32,000 for dental work
- $25,000 for landscaping at her home
- $1,400 for Barbra Streisand tickets
Shanley herself is a widow of a NYPD police officer who died from a heart attack while on duty in 1986.
She is charged with bank fraud and aggravated identify theft, and faces up to 32 years in prison if she is convicted.
Here's a local video of the charges against Shanley:
Police Charity Treasurer Accused Of Stealing Funds www.youtube.com