A former employee was sentenced to two to six years in prison on March 6 for stealing more than $244,000 from Woodbury-based Hospice Care Network, an organization that provides care for terminally ill patients.
Jeffrey Mohamed, 38, of Medford, was also ordered to pay $189,607.59 in restitution, which is in addition to the $55,000 restitution he paid in court. Mohamed was found guilty by a jury of two counts of grand larceny in the second degree in October 2013.
“When this defendant committed these crimes, he violated the trust placed in him by his employer, the terminally ill patients he was supposed to serve, and the families relying on essential end-of-life care for their loved ones,” said Rice.
Rice said that from January 2003 to March 2011, Mohamed, who was employed as the chief technology officer for the Hospice Care Network, embezzled more than $244,000 from his employer by making unauthorized purchases of computers, televisions, and other electronic equipment through company accounts, and then either keeping the items or selling the equipment and keeping the proceeds.
Senior management officials at Hospice Care Network discovered the theft during a review of open orders for IT equipment from a vendor in April 2011.
The discovery took place after Mohamed was terminated from the company for unrelated reasons in March 2011. Hospice Care Network filed a complaint with the New York State Police, who then referred the case to the Rice’s office for additional investigation in May 2011.
The investigation revealed that Mohamed used the money to pay for personal expenses like gas and household furnishings, as well as health club memberships, video games, clothing, gambling, children’s toys, and hotel stays. Mohamed was arrested and charged in February 2012.
After the two-week trial, the jury deliberated for three hours before finding Mohamed guilty, rejecting the defense’s claims that there was insufficient evidence to prove that Mohamed had stolen the money.