DA Vance: Construction Company President Sentenced to 2-to-6 Years in State Prison for Stealing More Than $350,000 From Clients


June 3, 2016

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the sentencing of JAMIE ROTONDARO, 32, the president of JANIC CONSTRUCTION CORP. (“JANIC”), to 2-to-6 years in state prison for stealing more than $350,000 from the company’s clients. On May 13, 2016, ROTONDARO pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to the top charge in the indictment against her, Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. On May 6, 2016, the defendant’s father, ANTHONY ROTONDARO, 60, who owned JANIC and another construction company, RENISS CONTRACTING, INC. (“RENISS”), also pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, and was sentenced to 1-to-3 years in state prison on May 20, 2016.

“The defendants stole hundreds of thousands of dollars and misappropriated funds earmarked for their clients’ projects,” said District Attorney Vance. “As we have seen over the course of numerous indictments‎ filed by my Office’s Rackets Bureau, fraud permeates nearly every corner of the City’s construction industry. Thankfully, enforcement has stepped up in recent years, and we are seeing appropriate consequences for criminal conduct.”

As admitted in the defendants’ guilty pleas, between June 2014 and March 2015, JAMIE and ANTHONY ROTONDARO stole more than $350,000 from a client by misappropriating advance payments intended to fund projects being managed by JANIC and RENISS, general contracting and service companies that specialized in interior construction projects and were owned and operated by the defendants.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Beard handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michael Ohm, Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau, Assistant District Attorney Judy Salwen, Principal Deputy Chief of the Rackets Bureau, Assistant District Attorney Jodie Kane, Chief of the Rackets Bureau, and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Principal Financial Investigator Michael Kelly provided additional assistance with the case.

District Attorney Vance also thanked the following agencies and individuals for their assistance with the investigation: the New York State Police, and in particular, Special Investigations Unit Major Robert C. Gregory, Lieutenant David Atkins, Senior Investigator Gustav Talleur, and Investigator Brahim Dedusevic; and Investigator Matthew Rutchik of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits and Security Administration.

Defendant Information:

ANTHONY ROTONDARO, D.O.B. 4/20/1956
Babylon, NY

Convicted:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 1-to-3 years in state prison

JAMIE ROTONDARO, D.O.B. 8/27/1983
Glen Cove, NY

Convicted:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count

Sentenced:

  • 2-to-6 years in state prison

RENISS CONTRACTING, INC.
New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count

JANIC CONSTRUCTION CORP.
New York, NY

Convicted:

  • Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, 1 count

###