Former CNY SPCA executive director sentenced

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - The former CNY SPCA executive director will spend the next four to 12 years in prison for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Paul Morgan pleaded guilty to grand larceny, falsifying business records, and tax fraud in January.

In addition to prison time, he must pay $591,852.31 in restitution, along with nearly $40,000 for taxes he failed to pay.

According to Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick, Morgan squandered the money on expensive gambling trips.

During his sentencing on Wednesday, Morgan apologized for his actions.

“It's an organization I will always love and care for and I apologize. Gambling was a huge problem in my life.... my intentions weren't to harm the organization in any way and I apologize for my actions,” he said.

Morgan initially faced a 53-count indictment alleging that he pilfered $475,860 from the SPCA over the course of several years.

Two others involved in the case, Nicole Cafarchio and Taylor Gilkey, had already pleaded guilty.

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