A Kings County Clerk’s Office cashier faces multiple charges for allegedly committing theft of almost $70,000 worth of court filing transactions while she was working, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
55-year-old Lori Argiro-DiPietro was arraigned on a 47-count indictment, in which she was charged with grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records, first-degree tampering with public records, first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, as well as misconduct.
According to the investigation, the Staten Island woman had allegedly voided a minimum of 436 cash transactions from people paying to obtain or file court documents — such as business certificates, for example — between the dates of Jan. 1, 2020 and Aug. 9, 2022.
In total, it was found that Argiro-DiPietro had allegedly stolen a total of $69,515.50 through these accumulated transactions. She allegedly accomplished this by actually filing the court documents or providing copies to people that requested them, but would then void the transactions in the court records and pocket the money herself, officials said.
“This defendant’s alleged theft is a betrayal of the trust of her employer and the public. We will now seek to recover the funds allegedly stolen from the court and hold this defendant accountable," said District Attorney Gonzalez.
Argiro-DiPietro was terminated from her position on Aug. 10, 2022, following 37 years in which she had been an employee with the Unified Court System.
An investigation of the New York woman was started after an audit of the Kings County Clerk’s Office’s cash receipts and disbursements was conducted by the NYS Unified Court System’s Internal Audit Services office.
Argiro-DiPietro was released without bail and her next court appearance is scheduled for April 26, 2023.