NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- It was a sad ending to a tragic situation when a beloved former New Rochelle elementary school administratorl was sentenced to three years probabtion for stealing money.
Sonya Nunez, 45, of Bronxville, NY plead guilty on May 31, 2016 to one count of Petit Larceny. In exchange for her guilty plea and restitution of $4,525, she was promised a sentence of 3 years probation with gambling treatment which was ordered today by Judge Anthony Carbone in New Rochelle City Court. Nunez previously made restitution. She must also pay a $500 fine.
According to the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, between June 8, 2015 and May 9, 2016, Nunez, while employed as the Principal of Columbus Elementary School in New Rochelle, intentionally stole approximately $4,525 from the City of New Rochelle School District.
According to the complaint, Nunez stole the money by writing checks payable to herself and by taking cash kept in the school’s petty cash safe without permission or consent of the school district to take the money for her own personal use.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that Nunez took the money from an off-book account set up for Columbus School programs.
Nunez, through her lawyer, declined comment after the sentencing.