The former bookkeeper for New York’s Saratoga Saddlery remains behind bars after her arrest on Thursday for allegedly stealing at least $35,000 from the business. Yvette Giovanni is accused of siphoning the funds from the equestrian boutique over the past year.
The Schuylerville resident is charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records, and scheming to defraud. Despite the seriousness of the charges, Giovanni is one woman who is no stranger to the criminal system. She is a convicted felon.
In 2003, Giovanni spent 10 months in prison after she was convicted of two felony counts of grand larceny.
In 2006, she was sentenced as a second time felony offender. She pleaded guilty to grand larceny for forging her employer’s business checks and depositing the funds into her personal account. She was sentenced to just over two to five years in prison. Giovanni was also ordered to pay over $91,000 in restitution to her victims.
Giovanni served more than three years and was released in January 2010. She remained on parole until January 2011.
Upon her release, she started LaGio Services. Giovanni advertises her services as a “coordinator of special occasions, private or corporate parties, events and promotions.” She also lists her availability for odd jobs online, such as dog walking.
Giovanni was arraigned in Saratoga Springs City Court and remains locked up in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.