BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE
Corona’s volunteer ambulance corps is poised for full recovery.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last Friday that Daniel Dominguez, a volunteer emergency medical technician who stole more than $300,000 from the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps (CCAC), was sentenced to pay full restitution to the CCAC, as well as four months in prison and five years probation.
If he fails to pay full restitution, Dominguez faces up to seven years in prison.
At the time of his crimes, between 2009 and 2011, Dominguez was treasurer and a board member of the CCAC. He used the stolen funds for luxury car service, theater tickets and trips to Disney World and Niagara Falls, prosecutors said.
Dominguez was arrested in 2013 alongside Daryl Adeva, whom he helped steal around $9,000, and David Moretti, who stole $11,000, according to Schneiderman. Dominguez pled guilty to grand larceny in the third degree in January; Adeva and Moretti have each been convicted of grand larceny in the fourth degree.
In the aftermath of these arrests, the CCAC was unable to insure its whole fleet of ambulances, faced foreclosure on its headquarters and lost major contracts, including with Citi Field, according to Community Board 4 documents from the time.
In 2014, Corona native and CB 4 member Al Perna helped prevent the foreclosure and took over as the CCAC’s president. Under his leadership, the organization has started reviving membership and returning to work. He called Dominguez’s sentencing “good news.”
“This organization made a lot of money and none of it was received back into the community,” Perna said. “It’s a good thing that we’re getting the money back.”
According to Perna, the CCAC shells out thousands each month towards paying off his predecessors’ bills, so the restitution will allow the organization to stabilize and, he hopes, start acquiring new medical supplies, equipment or ambulances.
Dominguez’s attorney did not response to messages left at his office as of press time.
Reach Jackie Strawbridge at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 128, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JNStrawbridge.