Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe today announced that James Waldorn (DOB 03/30/48) of 155 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, New York has been arrested and arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class “D” Felony.
Between November 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011, Waldorn is accused of stealing $3,424.50 from the bank account of his deceased, live-in girlfriend, Gail Zavada.
Zavada had been receiving Social Security benefits, which continued to be deposited into her account following her death in October, 2010.
According to the charges, Waldorn, who had no authority to access the account, used the victim’s checkbook to draft checks to himself, which he then cashed. The defendant is also accused of accessing the account through numerous ATM withdrawals.
The theft was discovered by the Social Security Administration, which referred the investigation to the United States Secret Service. The Secret Service collaborated with the Rockland County Special Investigations Unit in making the arrest.
Waldorn was arraigned today in the Town of Ramapo Justice Court before the Honorable Alan Simon. He was released on his own recognizance.
The defendant is due to return to court on May 29, 2012.
He faces up to seven years in state prison, if convicted.