Caroline Laurita Manzo and Chris Laurita’s niece, Michelle Laurita, was on probation for a larceny charge.
Michelle’s father, Joseph Laurita, had a chat with his daughter’s probation officer, Alphah East, in which the probation officer told Laurita of his financial woes. Joseph Laurita “liked” the probation officer and wanted to “help” him out of his money mess.
“Laurita told investigators East came to him sometime in June or July saying he had money problems with the IRS as well as other financial problems, the affidavit said.
Laurita said he liked East and was not asking for any professional favors for what he called the loans he was making to East. At one point, Laurita said East had threatened to write an arrest warrant for his daughter, the affidavit said.
“He told me about Alphah East doing these insane things. I couldn’t believe that anyone would be doing this. In the past, Alphah has shown kindness to Laurita’s daughter,”
During a sting operation at a Norwalk Starbucks, East, 32, was caught taking a $5,000 check from the father of one of his probationers, state officials said.
The man, Joseph Laurita, said East had promised to vacate his daughter’s probation by getting a Norwalk defense attorney to write a letter to a judge, who would then end the probation sentence, a state Division of Criminal Justice investigation report said.
The seven charges were made for each of the seven times Laurita’s father sent East a check, the affidavit states. The seven checks Joseph Laurita sent between July andDecember 2009 totaled $13,000.
East was arrested after Joseph Laurita’s attorney, Michael “Mickey” Sherman, called Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane to report his client was being extorted by East.
While he would not say anything more for print, Sherman said there is much more to Laurita’s daughter’s allegations than just money. “Money is the least of the issues,” he said, declining further comment.
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From S 155.05 Larceny; defined. 1. A person steals property and commits larceny when, with intent to deprive another of property or to appropriate the same to himself or to a third person, he wrongfully takes, obtains or withholds such property from an owner thereof.