Lorraine Shanley police widow, Faces Up to 32 Years in Prison.
Barbra Streisand tickets, landscaping, dental care, private-school tuition.
Those were among the personal items and services a former volunteer treasurer for a nonprofit that raises money for families of NYPD police officers killed in the line of duty is said to have purchased with the $410,000 she stole from the nonprofit, the office of U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.
Lorraine Shanley, 68, herself the widow of a city Police Officer, was charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. She faces a maximum of 32 years in prison if convicted of both charges. She turned herself in today.
According to the criminal complaint, Ms. Shanley used $63,000 of the money to pay her son’s legal bills after he was charged with manslaughter for killing a Detroit civil-rights activist when he jumped a West Side sidewalk while texting from behind the wheel of his SUV.
She also wrote checks for $45,000 either payable to family members or made out to others people that she then double-endorsed and put into her own accounts.
Her grandson’s $29,000 private-school tuition was also paid for with the ill-gotten funds, the U.S. Attorney said.
Although Mr. Berman’s office did not identify the nonprofit, various online sources identify Ms. Shanley, who lives in Staten Island and sits on the board of the New York City Police Museum, as having been a treasurer with Survivors of the Shield, a 501(c)(3) city-based charity.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said she worked as treasurer there from at least 2010 until 2017, during which Survivors of the Shield received about $1.9 million in donations, with nearly all of that amount coming from NYPD employees.
“Lorraine Shanley allegedly capitalized on tragedy and monetized people’s generosity. As alleged, Shanley stole over 20 percent of the donations to a charity whose sole mission is to help the families of NYPD officers killed in the line of duty,” Mr. Berman, who credited IRS investigators and the NYPD for their work on the case, said in a statement.
Ms. Shanley was an authorized signatory on the nonprofit’s bank account and credit card and was allowed to use both for its operations. She forged the signature of another of the nonprofit’s signatories on several of the organization’s checks she used to pay for personal expenses, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The fraudulent activity was discovered when a new volunteer with the charity was reviewing its tax returns and records. Ms. Shanley had also worked as a secretary at the nonprofit since at least 2006.
Ms. Shanley’s husband, Thomas Shanley, died of a heart attack in 1986 while on duty. Their son, also named Thomas, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in connection with the 2014 hit-and-run death. His conditional release from Queensboro State Prison is scheduled next month.
Ms. Shanley’s brother, niece and nephew are all city cops, according to her Twitter page.