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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

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A former bookkeeper for an industrial painting contractor has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $200,000 from his employer while working there.

Robert Coppola Jr., 28, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty last month to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, according to a statement from the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. He faces five to 15 years in state prison when he is sentenced before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller in January.

Prosecutors said that Coppola formerly worked for PCI International Inc., of Tonawanda, NY. Between Sept. 24, 2013, and July 17, 2015, Coppola allegedly forged checks and made unauthorized bank transfers to himself from the industrial painting contractor’s accounts.

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Robert Coppola Jr. pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from industrial painting contractor PCI International Inc. while working as a bookkeeper there.

In total, the district attorney’s office said Coppola stole $204,154.11.

Prosecutors said in their statement that Coppola pleaded guilty to the highest charge for which he could have been convicted if the case had gone to trial. They also said that Coppola was not offered a deal in exchange for his guilty plea.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to a message left Tuesday (Nov. 3) seeking comment.

Contractor Details

PCI has more than 60 years of combined experience in surface preparation and coating application to industrial and commercial facilities, according to its website. Its projects include bridges; storage tanks; technical facilities; complex pipes and steel; cranes; marine; and power, food processing, petro-chemical and water treatment plants.

According to its website, PCI serves customers in Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

Mike Varvakis, the company’s senior project manager, said Tuesday (Nov. 3) that the company was not commenting on the court case because Coppola has not been sentenced.

   

Tagged categories: Business management; Business matters; Coatings; Commercial contractors; Contractors; Criminal acts; Ethics; Industrial Contractors; Lawsuits; North America; Quality Control; Surface preparation

Comment from MC Skinitis, (11/4/2015, 8:50 AM)

Hang him "and those like him..."HIGH".


Comment from Car F., (11/4/2015, 10:58 AM)

If stealing $200,000 from a company is called Grand Larceny, what should we call it when oligarchs and their politicians steal billions and billions from health care benefits for working people, repossessing of homes, eliminating pensions for seniors, stealing money for education, preventing veterans from accessing the services they need?


Comment from John Fauth, (11/5/2015, 8:10 AM)

We call them politicians.


Comment from Chuck Pease, (11/8/2015, 1:02 PM)

I call it "Business the American Way" Sad but true. We live in a time when those that steal millions and billions get slaps on the wrist and then jail a man that steals food to feed his children.


Comment from Car F., (11/10/2015, 6:38 PM)

A thief pick us as their next victim, but when it comes to politician, we pick and elect the thief…


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