A New Hyde Park woman was sentenced to three to six years in prison for stealing approximately $750,000 from a 91-year-old woman, Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said Friday.
Elizabeth Reilly, 50, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree in May for stealing money the elderly victim entrusted to her lawyer, a Floral Park attorney, who was Reilly’s employer.
Over 250 checks were written from the victim’s bank accounts between 2016 and 2020 totaling over $675,000, prosecutors said.
In addition to airfare, a gym membership and beauty products, the victim’s credit card statements also showed hundreds of PayPal transactions to a local animal shelter.
“Elizabeth Reilly took advantage of her access to an elderly woman’s finances and stole nearly three-quarters of a million dollars of the woman’s life savings over four years,” Donnelly said in a statement. “The defendant will now serve significant prison time for her theft. My office is committed to protecting Nassau County seniors.”
Prosecutors said the credit card balance was paid online using the victim’s bank accounts, with the investigation revealing a device in Reilly’s home being the source of the payments.
Reilly’s employer discovered the theft in October 2020 after reviewing the victim’s credit card statements and seeing questionable activity, prosecutors said.