By Andrew Wroblewski
A former partner of a Huntington accounting firm who stole more than $800,000 from clients, including a disabled man and an elderly victim suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was sentenced Tuesday to 4 1/3 to 13 years in prison, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said.
Scott Meyer, 48, of Seaford, a former partner of Johnson and Meyer in Huntington, pleaded guilty earlier this year to grand larceny, possession of a forged instrument and falsifying business records, Spota said. He was sentenced in Riverhead by acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen.
According to the charges, Meyer stole from the nonprofit Huntington Rural Cemetery Association, the Nob Hill Condominium Complex, Marc Rothschild, a disabled man living in a California assisted-living facility, and the late John C. Murphy Jr., an 80-year-old Greenport man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
According to a release from Spota’s office, Murphy’s sister submitted a letter to the court on her brother’s behalf stating that it was heartbreaking to see her brother taken advantage of during a vulnerable time, as “his cognitive, physical and functional abilities steadily diminished.”
As a part of his sentence, Meyer was ordered to pay restitutions to his victims in the following amounts: $159,858 to the Dunphy estate; $427,500 to the Huntington Rural Cemetery Association; $31,836 to Nob Hill Condominium Complex; and $243,076 to the family of Marc Rothschild.
Spota said Meyer used $140,000 of the stolen money on vacations to Aruba, Disney World and the Bahamas from 2008-2013.
“By carefully choosing his victims to prey on their vulnerabilities, he used his skill as an accountant to steal over $800,000,” Spota said of Meyer. “He kept the thefts undetected for over five years.”
Meyer was also convicted in 2007 of federal charges for misappropriation of insurance funds and conspiracy, Spota said. His CPA license was suspended at that time, but was later reinstated.