Clayville man accused of stealing over $250,000 from an elderly woman

Craig Podosek

A Clayville man was arrested for allegedly stealing over a quarter million dollars from an elderly woman.

Police in Utica say an 85-year-old woman contacted them in April regarding inconsistencies in her financial accounts. She was concerned about the activities of her accountant, 60-year-old Craig Podosek.

Police say she contacted her financial advisor who agreed there was cause for concern. An investigator and an Elder Abuse Coalition Program Coordinator met with the victim and officials at the banks.

Their investigation found that on four separate occasions, Podosek closed multiple accounts belonging to the woman. Police say he then transferred her money into his business accounts at Podosek Accounting on Genesee Street as well as into his personal accounts.

Police say Podosek was able to move her money because he was her accountant and had power of attorney.

Podosek transferred over $294,000 of the womanâ??s money, police say.

Podosek is charged with three counts of second degree grand larceny, a felony.