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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2012

TWO APARTMENT BUILDING WORKERS INDICTED FOR STEALING FROM PARTICIPANTS IN LOW-INCOME HOUSING PROGRAM

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the arraignments of ROBERT CABALLERO, 53, and GORDON JENKINS, 73, for stealing from two separate low-income Housing Development Fund Corporation (“HDFC”) co-operatives. CABALLERO was arraigned today in New York State Supreme Court on charges of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Forgery in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree for forging checks and stealing more than $260,000 from a HDFC co-operative on the Lower East Side.  JENKINS was arraigned in New York County Criminal Court on one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree for stealing more than $50,000 from a HDFC co-operative in Central Harlem.  [1]

“Though acting independently of one another, the defendants in these two cases both stole from members of a program that was intended to help low-income New Yorkers achieve the dream of home ownership,” said District Attorney Vance. “In doing so, the defendants put these tenants and their families in a financially precarious  situation.”

According to documents filed in court, between January 2007 and July 2010, CABALLERO, a property manager for an HDFC building located at 172 Forsyth Street, forged more than 150 checks from the building’s bank account in the treasurer’s name.

As property manager, CABALLERO was responsible for collecting rent from tenants and making deposits into the building’s bank account to pay its bills and maintenance. He would collect all of the building’s bills and obtain proper signatures for the checks. For his services, the defendant was paid $450 per month by the co-operative shareholders. However, records and bank statements reveal that CABALLERO arranged to have a $450 check deposited in his account each week, rather than each month. The defendant wrote checks out to himself and to an organization called “LESPAC.” Bank records show that CABALLERO is the sole signatory on the bank account held by “LESPAC,” into which these forged checks were deposited.

According to documents filed in court, between December 2008 and February 2011, JENKINS, acted as a treasurer for a building located at 136 W 133rd Street. During that time period, the defendant made unauthorized debit card withdrawals from the building’s bank account, stealing more than $50,000 from the account in this manner.

The case against CABALLERO is being handled by Assistant District Attorney Heather Manley, and the case against JENKINS is being handled by Assistant District Attorney Archana Rao, both under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Thomas Wornom, Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.Defendant Information:

ROBERT CABALLERO, D.O.B. 10/30/58
New York, N.Y.

Charges:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
  • Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, eighteen counts
  • Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony, eighteen counts
  • Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, eight counts

Defendant Information:
GORDON JENKINS, D.O.B. 6/25/39
New York, N.Y.

Charge:
 

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count

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