Wednesday, October 14, 2015

10-count indictments in Maestro's embezzlement case

John LaPosta and Tina Kruger
Their lawyers have characterized the flap over allegedly missing money from the Saratoga Springs restaurant Maestro's at the Van Dam as a business dispute. This morning, a county judge drew a far-different characterization, indicting John LaPosta and Tina Kruger on 10 felony counts each.

The pair, who opened their new restaurant Innovo Kitchen in Latham on October 1, have been at the center of the Maestro's case. LaPosta, a much-traveled chef throughout the Capital Region, was executive chef there from 2006 until last fall. Kruger was a part owner.

A Saratoga County grand jury had indicted them for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 and as much as $200,000 from Maestro’s from 2011 through 2014. The charges include two counts of second-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree grand larceny, three counts each of second-degree forgery, and three counts of first-degree falsifying of business records, according to County  District Attorney Karen Heggen. They pleaded not guilty to all charges and were released on $10,000 bond each.

In April, police arrested LaPosta, 52, and Kruger, 55, at their Rexford home and seized computers there. The initial statement from officials said the couple embezzled about $200,000, and they initially were charged with a count of second-degree grand larceny.

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