Former Springbrook manager accused of scheming to steal from residents
WORCESTER, N.Y. (WKTV) - A former employee of Springbrook has been charged after authorities say they schemed to steal more than $90,000 from residents of the group home between 2008 and 2013. According to the Otsego County Sheriff's Office, Anthony A. Barbera, 62, of Worcester has been charged with grand larceny, scheme to defraud and falsifying of business records following a six week investigation. Authorities say Barbera created fictitious documents and made false entries in business records as part of a scheme to steal more than $90,000 from residents at the Springbrook Worcester Group Home over the course of seven years. In February 2012, Springbrook contacted the Otsego County District Attorney's Office upon learning of the larceny complain after an internal investigation. The District Attorney requested assistance from the Otsego County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. Interviews and audits were conducted by investigators that authorities say revealed Barbera, the former manager of Springbrook, created fictitious bank statements and made false entries in residents' records to conceal his ongoing course of criminal conduct, which consisted of stealing money from the residents. Barbera surrendered himself Friday to investigators, was arraigned in Town of Worcester Court and released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to re-appear in court later this month. He faces up to 15 months in prison if convicted.