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Massive Theft from Rye Golf Club, City Council Reports

RGC probe accuses Yandrasevich of stealing "hundreds of thousands" of dollars.

The Rye City Council released its report drawn from the completed investigation into the actions of former Rye Golf Club Manager Scott Yandrasevich around 4 p.m. today. Yandrasevich resigned from his position last month in the midst of the investigation and is required to have vacated the superintendent's house on RGC grounds, where he was living with his family, by tomorrow. 

Read the conclusion below and you can find the full report here:

Based on these factual findings, the Council has concluded that the former General Manager of the RGC Scott Yandrasevich had a significant and undisclosed conflict of interest with respect to two RGC vendors, RM Staffing and Studio Y, in violation of Section 15.2 of the City of Rye Code of Ethics.

The Council has further determined that Mr. Yandrasevich controlled RM Staffing, and that, over a six-year period, he used RM Staffing and its affiliated business Studio Y to steal many hundreds of thousands of dollars from the City of Rye. 

To date, the investigation has not uncovered evidence that any current or former City of Rye employee other than Mr. Yandrasevich received improper financial benefits in connection with RGC’s relationship with RM Staffing and Studio Y. The City Council has referred this matter to the Westchester District Attorney’s Office. 

The City Council will continue to consider additional appropriate remedial measures, including but not limited to implementing enhanced financial controls and procedures, pursuing civil claims and seeking to recover on the City’s employee theft insurance policy

 

Mayor Douglas French responded to the news with a statement emailed to the press:

"What the investigation shows is that at the very outset, an individual was able to manipulate a system that transcended over 6 years and across many, many roles and individuals.  It is the City's Madoff moment where wrong-doing went unnoticed, and where there wasn't one break in the chain, but several.  While we will pursue all avenues for restitution, we will also work to restructure our enterprise fund models and restore credibility."

 

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Liz Giegerich February 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
That is strange. It won't connect for me now either. I will upload the PDF now. May take a few minutes. Thanks for pointing this out.
Committee for Election Equality February 27, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Disgusting...
Jay T February 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM
Full document can be seen at http://www.lausdeo10580.com/
Liz Giegerich February 27, 2013 at 10:52 PM
Here is the city's link to the document as well: http://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/rye/published_documents/City%20Council/Agenda/2013/Agenda%2002-27-13.pdf
Jim Amico February 27, 2013 at 11:00 PM
@ smelly.....your welcome, lol! Guilty? DO TELL? NO S***...You don't say!!! The way I read the findings is we paid apprx 300,.000 in lawyer/investigation fees for tax & financial records, the rest we already knew thanks to Mr. Leon Sculti....what we need to do is take 150,000 of that and thank Mr. Sculti with it!!! Somebody better damn well thank Leon tonight and it wouldn't be such a bad idea for our City Manager Mr. Scott Pickup to be the man tonight by stepping up to the podium, if he has any hope of keeping his job this would be a good start to try and save it by apologizing to his public for his MAJOR F*** UP!!! For those whom still believe in Scott he in the very least owes it to them!!!
dita von struedel van trappyodel February 27, 2013 at 11:30 PM
I can't wait to watch tonight's meeting... the gadflies, the I told you so guys, the fireworks, the gavelling, the blame game, the search for the guilty, the punishment of the innocent .... boy its going to be great.
Committee for Election Equality February 28, 2013 at 01:54 AM
In a weak moment, I have started to feel sorry for Yandrasevich. I mean the things that might happen, probably should happen, to him are going to be hell on Earth. For the record, we once had a cordial relationship consisting of 10 second chats when we saw each other at the Castle, where we dine regularly (although my tips didn't go into the pockets that I intended). As of the past few years, our relationship inwardly soured over his selective interpretation of the Member Rules (Angela Runco and Colleen Valentino have similar misinterpretation of same). what a great job this law firm did ($250,000 in fees and disbursements) and what they allege is correct from my perspective: he ran it like his own candy store (starting to feel less sorry as I type). Recommendation: clean house from every hired gun Yandrasevich hired to do his dirty work, and take our club back.
HEALtheHARBOR.com February 28, 2013 at 02:51 PM
I think we need to take a look at the only two that were trying to defend Mr. Pickup at last nights city council meeting for his lack of oversight and his many attempts to protect Mr. Yandrasevich. 1.) Mayor Doug French who was accused with stealing tax money from Rye. http://rye.dailyvoice.com/news/records-implicate-mayor-french-tax-fraud 2.) Deputy Mayor Jovanovich who was accused of sexual harassment and violating securities laws. http://www.kroplaw.com/win_hill.html http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1992-03-13/business/9203130427_1_preferred-stock-suit-jovanovich Need we say more?

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