Probe into Financial Fraud in New Rochelle Athletic Director’s Office Widens, Sources

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — The investigation into financial fraud in the Athletic Director’s Office at the City School District of New Rochelle has widened to include two victims and multiple incidents of fraud, sources say.

A forensic audit by the District’s outside auditors began last week after a coach working for the District filed a criminal complaint alleging that Marisol Martell, the senior AD Office administrator working under Athletic Director Steve Young, forged a signature on a payroll check and pocketed the proceeds.

This according to sources as the New Rochelle Police Department and Westchester County District Attorney declined to comment on the case and school officials ignored repeated requests for information.

The investigation has expanded beyond one check and one sports coach to include multiple checks and a second victim, a male substitute Physical Education Instructor. Sources familiar with the investigation say the amounts involved are well in excess of $1,000 the threshold for felony grand larceny counts.

Marisol Martell was “unexpectedly resigned” last Thursday after a criminal complaint was filed that she cashed a payroll check made out to the female sports coach.

There have been numerous allegations of financial improprieties in the AD’s office for years. Talk of the Sound has reported on some of them: the pocketing of cash from soda machines installed at the high school by former AD John Magnotta after the District banned the sale of soda on school grounds, the refusal of current AD Steve Young to provide an accounting of cheerleader cash fundraising and generally loose financial controls for cash in his office, putting coaches on payroll for lucrative light-duty jobs such as coach Theodore White being paid $40 an hour as a lifeguard at the high school pool, misallocation of federal grant money and a sweetheart deal that allowed the Badger Swim Club to operate a for-profit business using the high school swimming pool for free — and many others.

Talk of the Sound has reported on numerous other instances of financial improprieties in the District over the years including those involving the District Business Office under former Assistant Superintendent  John Quinn.

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