'I apologize for my actions': Former head of CNY SPCA sentenced for stealing from agency

Former CNYSPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan, who pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the agency he once headed, learned his fate in Onondaga County Court Wednesday.

Paul Morgan was sentenced to 4-12 years in state prison.

"My intentions weren't to harm the organization in any way and I apologize for my actions," Morgan said before his sentencing.

Morgan pleaded guilty to charges for the theft in January. As part of his sentence he will also have to pay some $591,852.31 in restitution and $40,000 in taxes.

Two other suspects in the case, Taylor Gilkey and Nicole Cafarchio, have entered guilty pleas for their roles. Prosecutors have said that Morgan wrote 107 checks to himself and wrote 52 improper checks to Gilkey, who then allegedly kicked back half of the money in those checks to Morgan. Prosecutors claim the two were in a relationship and some of that stolen money was spent on trips to Las Vegas and New Orleans.

After entering the guilty plea earlier this year, Morgan's defense attorney Ed Menkin said his client was distraught and admitted that he had an issue with gambling.

The CNYSPCA has been working to move past the scandal, which has been damaging both to its reputation and its finances.

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