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January 12, 2018 845.291.3276, 845.238.4245c
District Attorney Hoovler Announces State Prison Sentence in Labor Scam Case
Defendant Sentenced to 1 ½ to 3 Years in Prison for Posing as a Union Representative to Defraud Job Seekers
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced today that on January 12, 2018, Michael Allocca, 58, of Wallkill, was sentenced by Orange County Court Judge Robert H. Freehill to one and one-half to three years in state prison in connection with a scam to defraud workers seeking jobs. On January 6, 2017, Allocca had pleaded guilty to Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree.
It was alleged that Allocca had posed as a union recruiter from Laborer’s Union Local 731 and collected $150 from at least twenty-four people to whom he had promised union jobs. To date not all of those victims have been identified. In fact, Allocca had no ties to the union. As part of the sentence Allocca was ordered to pay restitution to all of the victims who had been identified.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the Town of New Windsor Police Department for their investigation and the arrest of Allocca.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kerry Kolek.
“This defendant callously preyed on people desperately seeking employment to support their families,” said District Attorney Hoovler. “I have made it a priority under my administration to support Orange County’s workers. No one deserves to be victimized while they trying to earn money to support their families. My office regularly works with organized labor to ensure that workers are not victimized. It is particularly reprehensible that someone would impersonate a union official in order to defraud those desperately seeking employment.”