Bookkeeper at Rego Park condo charged in fraud: DA

By Alex Christodoulides

Indira Lall-Walinski, 40, of Decatur Street in Ridgewood, was charged in a 32-count complaint with second- and third-degree grand larceny and falsifying business records, and if convicted she faces up to 15 years in prison, District Attorney Richard Brown said.Lall-Walinski worked as a bookkeeper for Elmhurst Gardens, located at 44-05 Macnish St. in Elmhurst, and for Queens Boulevard Tower Condominiums, located at 92-29 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park, and is accused of committing the crimes between Dec. 19, 2001, and June 7, 2007, Brown said.Lall-Walinski was responsible for making payments to various contractors owed money by the condominiums, the DA said. The condominiums' managing agent discovered the fraud after Lall-Walinski left the position in June 2007, the DA said.According to the criminal charges filed with the DA's office, Lall-Walinski stole $462,705.70 from the operating accounts of Elmhurst Gardens and $11,805.29 from the operating accounts of Queens Boulevard Towers. Lall-Walinski allegedly both wired money from those accounts to her personal bank accounts and photocopied checks, then made out the real checks to herself and the photocopies out to various contractors who had done business with the condominiums, the complaint said. Lall-Walinski then allegedly submitted the fake checks to Efficient Management, a data input company, the DA said. She used the money to pay off her personal credit card debt, the DA said.The bookkeeper was arraigned last Thursday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Joseph Zayas and ordered held on $100,000 bail, Brown said. She was ordered to return to court April 18.Reach reporter Alex Christodoulides by e-mail at achristodoulides@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 155.

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