GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Robert Spratt Jr. is accused of stealing more than $26,000 from a Glens Falls hospice home. Spratt worked with many local charitable organizations. News 10 spoke with one organization Wednesday to find out more about a man many say was well known in the community.
"Very shocked, I know Rob personally since I started on the board and I know he's done a lot of work throughout the community. To find this out was nothing short of a huge punch in the gut," said President of the Glens Falls Caritas, Michael Dezik.
Spratt was a board member for the local Caritas chapter in Glens Falls. The President of the non profit, which provides respite care, says Spratt was a leader in the community and an asset to the organization.
"It's something that really came out of left field, and not something that I expected. From my end of things these are very serious charges. For now we really just hope that our friend and colleague is getting the help that he needs," said Dezik.
The Board President for the House of Grace , the hospice home Spratt is alleged to have stolen from, says he too was shocked when they began to notice money was missing.
"The community here in the Glens Falls area is very generous and people donated things, or they gave us things at a reduced cost. He manipulated it so that he was getting reimbursed for full retail shall we say," said House of Grace Board President, Mark Griffin.
"He said to us that he doesn't quite remember everything about it," said Sgt. Peter Casertino of the Glens Falls Police Department.
Casertino says Spratt had been stealing money from the organization for around 9 months. The House of Grace says it hired Spratt to raise money so it could re-open its doors after having to close in January due to financial issues. It now hopes the community will once again give back and donate so it can provide to those in need of hospice care.
"We're trying to get past it and move on. We've been having this discussion and investigating all of this since June. Hopefully now we've got some closure," said Griffin.
According to Glens Falls police this is not Spratts first run in with law enforcement . Police say charges were filed last month in Queensbury and Moreau accusing Spratt if falsifying business records.
Spratt has since been arraigned and posted bail. Police say Spratt will be back in court Thursday morning.