Michael Cronin sentenced to one to three years in prison

Posted at: 02/13/2013 2:06 AM
Updated at: 02/13/2013 11:10 AM
By: Erinn Cain/Messenger Post

nullThe Canandaigua man who pleaded guilty last month to embezzling from the Greater Canandaigua Civic Center while he was the executive director was sentenced this morning in Ontario County Court.

Michael P. Cronin, 49, pleaded guilty January 2 before Judge Frederick Reed to the charge of second-degree grand larceny. He was sentenced today to one to three years in prison, plus restitution.

The plea agreement included a sentence of one to three years if Cronin provided $20,000 in restitution prior to sentencing, which District Attorney R. Michael Tantillo said has been provided. The total restitution is over $71,000, Tantillo said.

Cronin was charged Aug. 17, 2012 by Canandaigua city police with embezzling more than $71,000 from the civic center while he was the executive director there. Cronin worked at the center from 2007 to July 2012, and the embezzling occurred from December 2010 to July 17, 2012, said Sgt. Scott Kadien.

Police said Cronin wrote checks to himself, took money from a savings account and would say money was deposited before keeping it for himself.

When asked last month in court about his decision to embezzle from the center, Cronin said the reason was drugs, specifically cocaine.