SLOASTBURG, NY – Rockland County District Attorney Tom Walsh announced the plea of guilty on a grand larceny charge of the former president of the Sloatsburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. The plea brings to a close a months-long, multi- agency investigation into the stealing of funds from the ambulance corps.
Matthew Gannon, 54, of Sloatsburg, NY, appeared before Hon. Larry J Schwartz today, pleaded guilty to grand larceny 2nd (felony). In doing so, Gannon admitted to stealing in excess of $70,000 from the Sloatsburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. during his tenure as President. Specifically, Gannon admitted to transferring moneys to two of his personal checking accounts in excess of $24,000, and admitted making payments directly from the Sloatsburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. bank accounts for unauthorized personal expenditures to the following: All-State Insurance in excess of $18,000, Optimum in excess of $13,000, Salve Regina University / First Mark Loan in excess of $10,000, New York Jets in excess of $9,000, State Farm Insurance in excess of $5,000, Lucking Field Hockey in excess of $2,250, ACE Hardware in excess of $1,000, and the University of Albany in excess of $1,000. In exchange for Gannon’s plea of guilty, Judge Schwartz promised to sentence Gannon based on one of the following three scenarios: (1) If Gannon fails to pay back restitution by his sentence date, he will be sentenced to 1-3 years in state prison, (2) if Gannon pays back at least half the restitution by his sentence date, he will be sentenced to one year intermittent in the Rockland County Jail, or (3) if Gannon pays back the entire restitution amount before his sentence date, he will be sentenced to a split sentence of six months intermittent in the Rockland County Jail and five-years probation which will include an undetermined amount of community service. The restitution amount may be up to $79,092.28, and will be paid back to the Town of Ramapo.
At Gannon’s plea, the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office recommended that Judge Schwartz sentence Gannon to an indeterminate term of two to six years in state prison with full restitution. The District Attorney’s Office’s position is based on defendant’s prior conviction for falsifying business records for the Suffern school district, and the fact that the Sloatsburg Volunteer Ambulance Corps. has been shut down due to Gannon’s theft. Judge Schwartz will sentence Gannon on 10/26/2021.
District Attorney Tom Walsh said, “Today’s guilty plea is a direct result of a well-coordinated investigation, by a multitude of law enforcement agencies, from local, county and state levels. We cannot allow persons who oversee the funds of such a vital community program, such as a volunteer ambulance corps, to feel they can steal without consequence.”
The investigation was conducted by Town of Ramapo Police Department, Rockland County District Attorney’s Special Investigation Unit and the NYS attorney General’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Executive Assistant District Attorney Michael Dugandzic and Assistant District Attorney Nicole Garcia
Two Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion and Manhunt in North Rockland
STONY POINT, NY – Stony Point police have identified the two men they arrested in connection to Tuesday’s armed home invasion in West Haverstraw.
A Large Scale Manhunt Underway in Stony Point/North Rockland
Update 4:46 pm – Stony Point Police Department have both male suspects in custody.
What we know: Police confirmed to News 12 they are ￼searching for two suspects who pistol whipped a man and injured two children in West Haverstraw before crashing an SUV into a shed￼. News12’s Blaise Gomez is at the scene.
Initial report via Rockland Fires – Haverstraw / Stony Point – Reported home invasion followed by a brief pursuit and crash with a search underway in the area of Hastings Lane. Haverstraw PD, Stony Point PD, RC Sheriff, State Police and the Rockland County Chopper are in the area.
** This post will be updated with the most up-to-date information available **
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Statue Outside Church of St. Joseph in Spring Valley Vandalized, Police Looking to Identify Alleged Suspect
SPRING VALLEY, NY – On Thursday, the statue outside the church of St. Joseph was destroyed. It is alleged a man riding on his bike threw a rock at the statue. The Church of St. Joseph has been a staple in the Spring Valley Community for over 125 years.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Spring Valley Police Department at 845-356-7400 or email them at [email protected] You can also submit an anonymous tip via the Rockland County District Attorney’s Office tip411.
Photo credit Ramon Soto