|John LaPosta and Tina Kruger|
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.