CPA Pleads Not Guilty In $817K Theft
A founding partner of the Johnson and Meyer accounting firm, based on West Carver Street in Huntington village, was indicted on Monday on grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing approximately $817,000 from trusting clients.
Scott Meyer, 47, was arraigned in criminal court in Riverhead Tuesday when Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota formally charged Meyer on several counts of grand larceny following his arrest six months ago.
One of the clients Meyer is accused of stealing from is the Huntington Rural Cemetery Association, a nonprofit organization run by a group of volunteers who were blindsided by the charges brought against Meyer.
“We are shocked by the allegations. We have been working with the District Attorney’s office and will follow the criminal proceedings closely,” cemetery trustee Robert Hughes said in a statement.
In addition to allegedly swindling the cemetery association out of $427,000, Meyer is also accused of stealing approximately $150,000 from an 80-year-old client diagnosed with dementia and in excess of $240,000 from a disabled victim.
Since his arrest last summer, Meyer, of Seaford, was a free man on $25,000 bail. Court records show he pleaded not guilty before Hon. Stephen Braslow on Tuesday and had not posted the $100,000 cash or $200,000 bond for his release.
Meyer’s attorney, Bay Shore-based David Besso, did not return calls for comment on Wednesday.