Long Beach Animal Shelter Director Charged With Grand Larceny
May 17, 2013
John Orlandini, 49, allegedly cashed $15,000 in shelter checks and kept the money
(Long Island, NY) Rescue Ink, a nationally-known non-profit organization of animal advocates who are tough on abuse, was the subject of controversy this week as a co-founder was arrested on Wednesday for cashing checks made out to an animal shelter the group ran in Long Beach but pocketed the cash for himself, according to the Long Beach Police Department.
John Orlandini, 49, director of the City of Long Beach’s animal shelter and a co-founder of Rescue Ink, has been accused of ripping off 141 checks made out to Rescue Ink between June 2012 and February 2013, for a total amount of $15,000, cops said.
The suspicions of the authorities were aroused after complaints were registered that donor checks given to the animal shelter were never deposited.
The Long Beach Police Department requests that any residents who have donated funds to the City of Long Beach’s animal shelter but have not received acknowledgement letters from Rescue Ink for tax purposes to contact the LBPD Detective Division at 516-705 7320.
Orlandini was arraigned in Long Beach City Court on Wednesday on charges of third-degree grand larceny. His bail was set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Nassau County Court on May 31.
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