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New York - Accountant Sentenced To Six Years For Stealing From Holocaust Survivor

Published on: November 21, 2013 02:03 PM
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New York – A former New York City accountant was sentenced today to 2-6 years in state prison after being convicted for stealing more than $1.2 million from a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor.

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According to a press release by Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.,  Barry Palczewski, 55, of Oyster Bay, NY, was sentenced to 2-6 years after being convicted by the New York State Supreme Court of Grand Larceny in the First Degree.

As stated in the defendant’s guilty plea and other documents filed in court, Palczewski was a former accountant at the law firm delegated to handle the victim’s finances. He had access to the victim’s bank accounts and her personal checks. From 2008 to 2010, the defendant stole and forged more than 100 checks from the victim’s personal checking account, making the checks payable to himself from her attorney.

The victim passed away in May 2012.


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 Nov 21, 2013 at 03:52 PM Mandel Says:

sad the victim didn't made it!

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 Nov 21, 2013 at 04:33 PM clear-thinker Says:

Usually I write to state that people underestimate sentences in New York. Not this time. The defendant is sentenced to 2-6 years. This is a non-violent felony. It is doubtful that he will do 2 years. Even if he had to repay what he stole, he, hopefully, will be punished in eternity.

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 Nov 21, 2013 at 05:57 PM frimeyid Says:

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clear-thinker Says:

Usually I write to state that people underestimate sentences in New York. Not this time. The defendant is sentenced to 2-6 years. This is a non-violent felony. It is doubtful that he will do 2 years. Even if he had to repay what he stole, he, hopefully, will be punished in eternity.

After you spend one day in prison in New York you will change your attitude. Shame on you! 2-6 years is about right for that crime and he shouldnt be punished one more minute after he gets out and is done with parole. NY prison is Hell. Why you would wish him pinishment for eternity is beyond me.

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 Nov 21, 2013 at 06:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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Mandel Says:

sad the victim didn't made it!

sad the victim didn't make what? that a Holocaust survivor lived until 2012? What is sad about that?

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 Nov 21, 2013 at 09:24 PM clear-thinker Says:

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frimeyid Says:

After you spend one day in prison in New York you will change your attitude. Shame on you! 2-6 years is about right for that crime and he shouldnt be punished one more minute after he gets out and is done with parole. NY prison is Hell. Why you would wish him pinishment for eternity is beyond me.

Stealing $1.2 million dollars from a holocaust survivor and you think 2 years is adequate. That comes to a possible $600,000 per year. Shame on me? Why not shame on a person stealing, lets do the math, a 90 year old holocaust survivor? I await the usual "there are two sides to every story". Shame on you for claiming to be a frimeyid and your only comment is NY prison is hell.

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