Car dealer worker sentenced for stealing, selling auto parts

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WHITE PLAINS – A Poughquag was sentenced in Westchester County Court for stealing from a local car dealership where he worked.
John Labarbera, 50, pled guilty to grand larceny in February.
Labarbera provided an additional $5,658 when sentenced on Wednesday for a total of $115,658. A judgment and order of restitution for the remaining $115,658 was a signed by the court. He stole a total of $231,317.
Labarbera was employed as the parts manager for the Curry Acura dealership in the Town of Greenburgh.
According to the charges, from May 5, 2011 through March 5, 2015, he stole parts from the dealership and sold them on the Internet for a profit.
He committed the crime by convincing management at the dealership to sell auto parts on eBay. With the okay of the company, he set up an account and using this valid account as cover, and without management’s knowledge, he set up a separate eBay account which he used to sell parts he stole from the dealership. He would ship the stolen parts he sold via Curry’s FedEx account, accept payments from PayPal, and keep the money for himself.
He manipulated the inventory and accounting system of the dealership to cover up his crimes.