Local Resident Gets 'Wrist Slap'For Boys Club Rip-Off
A Bronx judge has accepted a plea agreement in the case of a Rockaway resident who pled guilty in October to felony charges of grand larceny and forgery in connection with tens of thousands of dollars looted from the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Clubs, including about $20,000 that he used to furnish and refurbish his oceanfront condominium.
Charles Rosen, whose Rockaway apartment is at 133 Beach 120 Street, pled guilty in October of last year as part of a plea deal that fined him $5,000 and forced him to make restitution of $38,575, a fraction of the more than $1.2 million the city says he and others stole from the charity.
In December, the Bronx Supreme Court Justice postponed the sentencing when residents of Co-Op City, where the club was located, complained that the plea agreement amounted to a "slap on the wrist."
About 500 letters and petitions with more than 1,000 signatures were turned over to the judge, Bronx Supreme Court Judge John Byrne, calling for him to reconsider the plea deal that called for a fine and partial restitution.
The petitions called for Rosen to serve anywhere between three and seven years in jail. The city had charged that Rosen used more than $20 thousand of the money he stole to fix up his Rockaway apartment.
On Tuesday, however, Byrne accepted the plea agreement and sentenced Rosen under that agreement.
Judge Byrne said at the sentencing, "This court is mindful and sensitive to the wishes of the various people of Co- Op City who felt that this was an unjust sentence."
He added, however, that he had checked with the attorney general's office and had concluded, "the promised sentences are appropriate."
Several Co-Op City residents who were present at the sentence, however, reportedly said that they planned to bring a civil suit against Rosen to recover the remainder of the money for the club.