A Park Slope resident will spend two months behind bars for abusing his city office and stealing thousands from dead Brooklynites, according to the district attorney.
“This defendant was entrusted to administer the estates of deceased individuals, but shamelessly chose to steal from them instead — causing additional grief to their loved ones,” Eric Gonzalez said following the defendant’s Friday sentencing.
Fitzroy Thompson, a case manager for the Kings County Public Administrator, in January pleaded guilty to crimes related to an almost yearlong, roughly $78,000 spending spree funded exclusively by credit cards and checking accounts belonging to eight locals who died without a last will and testament, or any family members to administer their estates.
The Park Sloper kicked off his scam in July 2017, subsequently withdrawing more than $35,000 from his deceased victims’ accounts at automated-teller machines, and using stolen funds to pay down the leases on a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and a 2016 Nissan Altima, pay bills and rent on two properties, and book flights to the Bahamas and passage aboard a Carnival cruise, according to prosecutors.
Cops cuffed Thompson in March 2018, after a relative of one of his late victims noticed unusual charges on the deceased’s account — including the cruise tickets — and filed a police report, which led investigators to uncover his other larcenies. Brass at the public administrator’s office suspended the Sloper following his arrest, and he later resigned from his position.
Following his 60 days behind bars, Thompson will be formally sentenced to five years probation, and be forced to pay back the stolen money, according to Gonzalez.