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Dutchess man pleads guilty to embezzling over $2.5 million from former employer

WHITE PLAINS – A Pleasant Valley man, who worked as the comptroller for two companies, pled guilty this week to federal charges of mail fraud and tax evasion.

When sentenced in August, Mark Cina, 56, agreed to pay $2.5 million in restitution to the two companies – Atlantis Energy Systems, Inc. and Business Technology Corporation.

Cina allegedly used the money he embezzled for gambling, to pay rent, drive rented cars, dine out, get his car washed, bail out an arrestee, and pay a phone charge for an inmate’s call.

The attorney for the two companies, Michael Pollok, said Thursday that his firm has now filed a related lawsuit. “We have filed a civil law suit on behalf of our clients against D’Arcangelo & Company for their involvement with Mark Cina. John J. Cina, Jr., also known as Jack Cina of the accounting firm of D’Arcangelo & Company is Mark Cina’s brother and named in the civil law suit because he was entrusted with our client’s financial information and tax preparation during the relevant time periods. That trust was breached when the principal of the victim companies was stricken by illness and the fraud perpetrated.”

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