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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
August 11, 2015

DA VANCE ANNOUNCES GUILTY PLEAS OF COMPANY INSIDERS FOR STEALING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FROM HENRI BENDEL

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty pleas of senior employees of Henri Bendel’s New York Finance team for stealing thousands of dollars from their employer, a luxury accessories company based in Manhattan. BRANDON DETVO, 40, KELLY ROGEL, 32, and SANJAY DAMODAR, 31, pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Second Degree. DETVO and DAMODAR additionally pleaded to one count of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. ROGEL is expected to be sentenced on August 25, 2015; DETVO is expected to be sentenced on September 2, 2015; and DAMODAR is expected to be sentenced on September 22, 2015.

“These company supervisors stole from the very accounts that they were hired to manage,” said District Attorney Vance. “Theft and fraud by insiders continues to be a major threat to companies of all sizes. If your company detects theft by an insider, I encourage you to call my Office’s Financial Frauds hotline at 212-335-8900.”

According to the defendant’s guilty pleas and statements made on the record in court, between April 2013 and February 2014, DETVO, ROGEL, and DAMODAR stole from Henri Bendel by issuing checks from the company’s PNC Bank account to AIM Financial, a consulting company owned by DETVO and ROGEL. The schemes netted more than $168,000.

Between April 2013 and June 2013, the defendants routed checks totaling approximately $76,300 from Henri Bendel to AIM Financial. DAMODAR, in his role as Accounts Payable Senior Supervisor, initiated thirteen payments from Henri Bendel to approved vendors without ever receiving invoices from those vendors. Once they were approved by ROGEL, the former Accounting Manager, or DETVO, the former Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis, DAMODAR changed the payee from the approved vendor to AIM Financial. 

After DAMODAR left the company, between July 2013 and February 2014, DETVO forged invoices from approved vendors to route approximately $92,250 from Henri Bendel to AIM Financial by changing the name of the payee. 

Over the course of the schemes, the defendants transferred the stolen funds from the AIM Financial account into their personal bank accounts and made purchases and transactions using debit cards connected with the AIM Financial account.

Assistant District Attorney Jaime Hickey-Mendoza handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys Gloria Garcia, Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; Archana Rao, Principal Deputy Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; Michael Sachs, Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau; and Executive Assistant District Attorney David Szuchman, Chief of the Investigation Division. Rackets Investigator Andrew Lee and Investigative Analyst Anne McGrath assisted with the investigation. 

Defendant Information:

BRANDON DETVO, D.O.B. 6/16/1975
Las Vegas, NV

Convicted:
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
•    Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count

SANJAY DAMODAR, D.O.B. 3/1/1984
Garfield, NJ

Convicted: 
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
•    Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E felony, one count

KELLY ROGEL, D.O.B. 10/15/1982
Cedar Grove, NJ

Convicted: 
•    Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count