WHITE PLAINS – A former president and chief of the Briarcliff Manor Fire Department pled guilty in federal court to embezzling more than $120,000 from the fire department.
Robert Garcia, 51, of Ossining, pled guilty to embezzlement theft concerning a program receiving federal funds, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.
While an officer in the fire department with signatory authority, he allegedly wrote checks on the fire department bank accounts payable to himself and used the money to pay personal expenses. He covered up the thefts by making material misstatements regarding the purposes and payees of the checks he had written to himself.