SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced Monday that Virginia J. DeCapria, 52 of 773 Charlton Road, Charlton, pleaded guilty to two separate indictments.
On one indictment, she pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 2nd-Degree, in full satisfaction of charges arising from her theft of $499,413.00 between January 2005 and December 2010 in her capacity as Secretary/ Treasurer of the Charlton Fire District No. 1. DeCapria also pleaded guilty to Criminal Tax Fraud in the 4th-Degree for failing to pay taxes on those stolen monies.
Authorities anticipate that DeCapria will receive a state prison sentence of from three to nine years in state prison on the Grand Larceny charge, and a concurrent state prison term of one to three years on the tax fraud conviction. Both the Grand Larceny 2nd plea and the Criminal Tax Fraud pleas were the top count of the respective indictments. These pleas of guilty are the same as if a jury had deliberated on the case and returned a verdict of guilty on the highest charges possible.
D.A. Murphy said, "DeCapria stole taxpayer funds which were paid by residents of the fire district for fire protection, not for Mrs. DeCapria to buy iPods, laptops, plastic surgery, cigarettes, and Schwan's frozen food delivery for herself and her family."
On the tax charges, Murphy said, "No one likes paying taxes, but we all do. DeCapria not only stole the money from the Fire District, but then didn't pay the tax. It just adds insult to injury."
Judge Scarano continued DeCapria's release on bail pending her sentence date scheduled for May 6, 2013.