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People v. Sabouni

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT


April 7, 2009

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, RESPONDENT,
v.
DIANA SABOUNI, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.

Judgment, Supreme Court, New York County (Arlene R. Silverman, J.), rendered October 12, 2006, convicting defendant, after a non-jury trial, of grand larceny in the second degree and identity theft in the first degree, and sentencing her to an aggregate term of 6 months, with 5 years' probation and restitution in the sum of $40,000, unanimously affirmed.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the Official Reports.

Mazzarelli, J.P., Nardelli, Buckley, Acosta, DeGrasse, JJ.

5166/05

The verdict was based on legally sufficient evidence and was not against the weight of the evidence (see People v Danielson, 9 NY3d 342, 348-349 [2007]). There is no basis for disturbing the court's determinations concerning credibility. There was a chain of circumstantial evidence supporting the conclusion that defendant used a check routing number and bank account number of her former union to steal money from the union and use that money to pay her bills, and undermining the defense theory that defendant's teenaged son was solely responsible. Among other things, there was evidence of a pattern of conduct by defendant with no rational explanation except that she was a participant in the scheme.

We perceive no basis to disturb the amount of restitution ordered by the court.

We have considered and rejected defendant's remaining claim.

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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