Family robbed by bookkeeper gets restitution check

A Carroll Gardens family is finally getting restitution after their ex-bookkeeper robbed them of thousands of dollars.



Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez made a personal visit to give the family the check worth $323,000.06.



According to prosecutors, Elizabeth Nero, between 2011 and 2013, repeatedly wrote checks from the bank account of Matthew Ruggiero's plumbing supply company to pay her credit card bills instead of paying vendors.



She was caught after Ruggiero's son happened to open a bank statement and asked his mother about the questionable credit card statements.



Ruggiero's wife, Rosemary, says they hired Nero because her husband had fallen ill and needed a hand. They trusted her, and instead she stole his money, she says.



The restitution comes from Nero's seized assets. The couple says they are glad to get their money back.



Nero will be sentenced early next year. She still has to pay $160,000 in penalties to the DA. The severity of her sentence depends on whether or not she pays it.


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