Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announces that on Wed., Mar. 29, Donna Ortiz, 51, of Pine Island, was sentenced to three to nine years in state prison in connection with a theft from Yankee Propane in the Village of Florida, where she was employed as an office manager.
Ortiz plead guilty on Jan. 23 to grand larceny in the first degree. During the plea, Ortiz admitted to stealing $1,362,477.42, between Jul. 1, 2009 and Dec. 31, 2015, by fraudulently diverting money into her own bank accounts. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the District Attorney’s Office recommended that Ortiz be sentenced to four to twelve years in state prison. In addition to the state prison sentence, Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill also ordered Ortiz to pay back all of the stolen funds.
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek for her handling of the prosecution of the case.