QUEENSBURY — A Moreau man who worked as payroll administrator for a company that provides assistance to those with disabilities has pleaded guilty to a felony in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars from the company.
Alberto Lupia, 47, pleaded guilty to first-degree falsifying business records, a felony, in Warren County Court.
Court records show he agreed to a plea deal that will result in a sentence of 6 months in Warren County Jail and 5 years on probation, if he can make restitution as of sentencing date of Feb. 14. If the money is not paid back, Warren County Judge John Hall can impose a state prison term of up to 1-1/3 to 4 years in state prison.
Lupia was arrested in July after Community, Work & Independence, Inc. (CWI) contacted Glens Falls Police about an apparent theft at its Broad Street, Glens Falls office.
Police found that Lupia issued checks to himself, claiming mileage reimbursement to which he wasn’t entitled, amounting to more than $16,000 over a period of several months. Police said he falsified business records to try to cover the theft, and had worked for the company for about a year.
He was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and falsifying business records, and the grand larceny count will be dropped as part of the plea deal.
CWI offers a variety of programs to assist those with disabilities and brain injuries at over 40 locations in the region. It employs more than 700 people.
Krista Clock, public relations specialist for the organization, said the theft was not believed to have expanded past the figure that police were notified about last summer before Lupia’s arrest. She said it did not have an impact on assistance to clients.
“It didn’t affect our service or assets for our programs,” she said.
Lupia was represented by the Warren County Public Defender’s Office, but Public Defender Marcy Flores could not be reached Wednesday.
He is free pending sentencing.