MINEOLA, N.Y. — A New Jersey man has been charged with stealing $1.6 million from a Long Island volunteer EMS company.
Brad Reiter, 50, of Jackson, New Jersey was arrested Tuesday morning, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a press release.
Reiter allegedly stole the money between March, 2008 and March, 2015 while he was treasurer and president of the Merrick-Bellmore EMS.
“The volunteers of the Bellmore-Merrick EMS donate their time and skills to offer lifesaving care to their neighbors, and this defendant allegedly stole a staggering $1.6 million that should have gone to support their critically important work,” Acting DA Singas said. “I’m grateful that EMS leaders brought this case to my office so that we can hold this defendant accountable for this selfish crime that betrayed the trust of so many.”
The DA says a red flag was raised when new leadership took over in January. When the leaders were going through past bank accounts and statements, they found holes in the reports. According to the statements, the amount of money Reiter reported as receiving from insurance companies to pay for ambulance services was far less than the amount EMS should have been receiving.
An investigation found that Reiter had allegedly written checks to himself. He allegedly spent the money on credit card and insurance bills, lawn services, security system services and payments to himself.
Reiter was terminated from the organization in March.
He was charged with one count of grand larceny in the first degree.
If convicted, he could face a maximum of 25 years in prison.