Co-founder of New Rochelle charity pleads guilty to stealing $24,000 from nonprofit

A former New Rochelle police detective pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing money from a nonprofit he co-founded for autistic children.

Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah said Christopher Greco, 52, of New Rochelle was charged with stealing $24,000 from Christopher's Voice, Inc., a New Rochelle-based charity for autistic children named after his son.

Greco served for 25 years on the New Rochelle Police Department, serving as the president of the New Rochelle Police Benevolent Association before he retired in 2021.

He was arrested on Sept. 21. and charged with a third-degree grand larceny felony. Rocah said he accepted a plea deal for petit larceny on Nov. 29 and admitted to making personal purchases using the money from the charity for himself and his family.

Rocah said Greco admitted in court that he spent charity funds on personal purchases made between Jan. 1, 2018 and May 31, 2023 through debit transactions, cash withdrawals and checks written to himself. The District Attorney's Office did not specify what the purchases were used for.

Greco and his wife Tracy created the nonprofit organization in April 2017 in honor of their son. They received community praise for helping distribute home security systems for families with autistic children and providing training for police officers and emergency workers for when they encounter a child with autism.

Rocah said Greco was required to pay full restitution to Christopher's Voice, Inc. as part of the plea agreement and transfer the charity's remaining funds to the Elizabeth Seton Children's Foundation, a Westchester nonprofit that "provides long-term care for children with severe medical conditions." The payment amounted to approximately $49,750.

Greco publicly clashed with Rocah back in 2021, when a fellow police officer was charged in connection with a physical confrontation with a handcuffed suspect. Greco said Rocah was engaging in a "politically motivated arrest" and accused her of "hunting cops."

In response, Rocah said she had worked with law enforcement for many years and called Greco's language "inflammatory and irresponsible." She warned that his words "crossed a dangerous line."

Greco was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and is required to file for the dissolution of the nonprofit organization. Rocah said he is prohibited from performing charitable activity and accepting any donations while waiting for the organization to dissolve.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Co-founder of Christopher's Voice pleads guilty to stealing from it