Hewlett Harbor resident John Novello, a former deputy commissioner for the Town of Hempstead Buildings Department, was sentenced on Sept. 30 to five years probation for stealing more than $59,000 from the Cedarhurst Republican Committee and in another matter for mortgage fraud.

Arrested in 2019 for the money theft from the local GOP committee, Novello was originally charged with grand larceny second-degree, four counts of grand larceny third-degree, two counts of petit larceny and four counts of a violation of Election Law.

On July 23, Novello, 53, who at one time was chief of staff for State Assemblywoman Melisa Miller, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree grand larceny. He is also required to pay $41,000 in restitution to the Nassau County Republican Committee. Novello was also found guilty of making what the Nassau County District Attorney’s office called “false representations to a commercial lender to secure more than $1 million in loans that he used to finance the purchase and remodeling of his family home.” 

“As a public official and political party leader, John Novello was entrusted with serving the people of Hempstead and leading his Republican club, but instead he used donor funds as his personal piggy bank and made a fake company to scam a lender into giving him a million dollar loan,” Acting District Attorney Joyce Smith stated in a news release. “We have no tolerance for abuses like these…

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