A Cambria Heights attorney who was the court-appointed guardian for an elderly Queens woman has been charged with stealing more than $50,000 from the woman’s estate.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Yves-Merry Telemaque, 49, has been charged with second-degree grand larceny, according to a statement issued by his office on Tuesday afternoon.
She faces 15 years in prison if convicted.
Brown said Telemaque was appointed to oversee the affairs of Cleo Veal in May 2007. Veal died in November 2008 at age 92.
“The defendant was appointed by the court to look out for the financial affairs of a person incapable of doing so for herself,” Brown said in a press release. “It is unacceptable that she then allegedly took the money for her own use.”
Brown’s statement alleges that Telemaque stole property from the estate between August 2008 and March 2013.
She received permission from the courts to sell real estate belonging to Veal shortly before the woman died, and was directed to deposit the proceeds from the sale — more than $311,000 — into a special bank account.
Bank and court records allegedly show that Telemaque made two deposits into the account totaling just over $315,000 in August and November 2008.
An investigation carried out by a forensic accountant on the district attorney’s staff, and the office’s detective bureau, determined that there was a balance in the account of only $13,426 as of March 29 of this year and that “the defendant did prior to that date make withdrawals in excess of $50,000 without authority or permission.”