WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – A Long Island resident is set to spend as many as the next six years in prison after swindling an elderly New Rochelle man out of more than $500,000.
Anthony Delmaro, 42, an owner of several roofing businesses, convinced the elderly victim that he could be brought in as a partner in one of his ventures, and teamed with his co-defendant, Claude Naracci, who owned a check cashing business in Connecticut, to scam the man out of $507,390.
On Thursday, Delmaro was sentenced to an indeterminate term of two to six years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to a pair of felony grand larceny charges. He is also required to pay back the money he stole from his victim.
Delmaro met his victim – a semi-retired graphic designer – in 2005 when he was making repairs on the roof of the New Rochelle home the victim shared with his sister. He convinced the man to write multiple checks, payable to his business, with the promise that he could be made a partner and investor.
According to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, “The victim wrote cash advance checks on his credit card accounts, and amassed a credit card cash advance balance in excess of $80,000.” When this happened, the victim took out a mortgage on his home in an effort to pay off the balance.
It was then that Naracci, who is still on probation after pleading guilty to a felony count of grand larceny in 2011, helped convince the victim to sign over his mortgage proceeds to a broker on Long Island.
Believing Naracci was his accountant, the victim signed the money over, with the belief that the cash would be used to pay off the credit card debt and serve as an investment in the business, with the balance coming back to him. Instead, Delmaro and Naracci spent the money gratuitously on their own.
This was not the first time Delmaro has had trouble with the law. Although initial charges in this case were filed in 2009, he fled. He was later arrested in Harrison on Dec. 5 last year, after defrauding an 85-year-old man out of $5,000.
Delmaro faces additional charges on Long Island. Assistant District Attorney Brian Conway, the deputy chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, prosecuted the case.