Business, Crime

Bookkeeper Steals $755,000 From Employer to Invest in Syracuse Real Estate

By Bailey Lipschultz (NCC News)– A Syracuse woman is accused of stealing upwards of $755,000 from an apartment management company in Brooklyn, according to a District Attorney’s indictment. Jennifer De Coteau Ulanov used the stolen money to invest and pay mortgages on six Syracuse properties that she owned.

The 44-year-old was indicted by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office (Brooklyn) on 34 counts related to her alleged scheme, back in February. The Syracuse native faces one count of grand larceny, twelve counts of scheme to defraud, and twenty-one counts of forgery.

Ulanov remains locked up in a New York City jail after she failed to make her $250,000 bail.

Ulanov stole the money from Guardian Property Management, a family-run company where she was the only employee.

The ways she’s accused of stealing between January 3, 2010 and December 31, 2014 consist of:

•Forging an owner’s signature on checks written from Guardian Property Management’s master account.

• Forging an owner’s signature on checks written from Guardian Property Management’s clients accounts.

•Taking maintenance and rent checks directly from tenants and depositing them into her personal accounts.

In order to cover her tracks, Ulanov intercepted a Citibank key fob and altered the company’s statements, according to the District Attorney.

A judge has frozen all of Ulanov’s properties and accounts until her trial begins.

Here is a map of those properties:

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