Former Controller Of Manhattan Company And Three Family Members Charged With Embezzling $17 Million
(STL.News) Audrey Strauss, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Dermot Shea, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), and Patrick J. Freaney, Deputy Special Agent-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the United States Secret Service (“USSS”), announced today the unsealing of a criminal indictment charging SABITRI LAFOREST, GARRY LAFOREST, TATIANA LAFOREST a/k/a “Tatiana Mays,” and SANJAY LAFOREST with wire fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with their scheme to defraud SABITRI LAFOREST’s employer, a Manhattan-based electrical contracting company, of at least approximately $17 million.
The defendants were arrested this morning: SABITRI LAFOREST and GARRY LAFOREST in Parkland, Florida, TATIANA LAFOREST in Queens, New York, and SANJAY LAFOREST in New York, New York. Later today, TATIANA LAFOREST and SANJAY LAFOREST will be presented in federal court in Manhattan before U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn; SABITRI LAFOREST and GARRY LAFOREST will be presented in federal court in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia O. Valle.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said: “The defendants lived a life of luxury: international travel, fancy apartments and homes, a 2020 Ford Shelby GT500, and a 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1, as well as ownership in successful restaurants.