A retired New Rochelle police officer who also served as the department’s union leader is alleged to have stolen about $24,000 from a charity he co-founded for autistic children in honor of his autistic son, according to prosecutors.
Christopher Greco is accused of stealing thousands of dollars over a five-year period ending in May 2023 from Christopher’s Voice, a nonprofit he founded with his wife in 2017, the Westchester County district attorney said Tuesday.
According to a criminal complaint, he spent the ill-gotten funds for “personal purposes.”
Greco, 52, was charged Tuesday in New Rochelle Municipal Court with third-degree grand larceny after being arrested by district attorney investigators last Thursday.
He pleaded not guilty. His attorney, Andrew Quinn, declined to comment.
According to Christopher’s Voice’s website, the charity was started “by parents of an autistic child, for autistic children.”
According to the charity’s website, the former detective and his wife have a non-verbal autistic teenage son.
Greco was a police officer with the New Rochelle Police Department for 25 years before retiring in 2021.
He served as president of the city’s PBA from 2014 until his retirement.
Greco previously blasted Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah after a former New Rochelle detective was charged in 2021 with beating an off-duty suspect.
“The Westchester County District Attorney has sent a clear and extremely risky message to all law enforcement agencies in Westchester County – that the prosecutor will personally decide what is acceptable and what is not, rather than determining what is lawful and what is not,” Greco said at the time : according to Journal News.
Rocah shot back, calling Greco’s rhetoric “an inflammatory and irresponsible language…that crosses a dangerous line.”
“I have a long history of working with law enforcement and strongly support them. “I work with them every day to keep Westchester safe,” the former federal prosecutor reportedly said.
Investigator Michael Vaccaro was later found not guilty of attempted assault in a 2022 trial, but he was reportedly eventually fired from the police force earlier this month.