BETHLEHEM — A former state corrections officer from Ravena, who worked at Greene Correctional Facility for a short time, and his wife, are accused of forging pay stubs to trick banks into providing them with a $237,000 mortgage loan.
Justin and Jessica Marvelli, both 37, allegedly gave false pay stubs to boost their family income to qualify for mortgage loans from KeyBank and Citizens Bank, according to the state Comptroller’s office.
The Marvellis were charged June 29 with two counts of second degree possession of a forged instrument, a class D felony; first degree falsifying business records, a class E felony; second degree falsifying business records, a class A misdemeanor; and third degree possession of forged instrument, a class A misdemeanor.
The Marvellis were arraigned in Town of Bethlehem Court and released. The couple is due back in court July 17.
The Comptroller’s office, state police and the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Office of Special Investigations allege the Marvellis doctored prior Corrections Office pay stubs to mislead two banks into thinking that Justin Marvelli was still employed by DOCCS, although he’d left his job the year before.
The Marvellis allegedly forged two pay stubs that showed a rate of pay of $42,695, which reflects what he was actually making when he left his job with DOCCS, according to the state Comptroller’s Office.
“We don’t know what specific mechanism the Marvellis used to make the forged documents, but what they did do was change the year, altering a valid stub he had received while employed,” said Kate Gurnett, a press secretary at the state Comptroller’s Office.
Marvelli started working at Greene Correctional Facility on Sept. 28, 2015, and left the job on Aug. 14, 2016, after failing to complete his probationary period, Gurnett said.
“All new state employees must successfully complete a period of probation before they become permanent and can be terminated for any reason at the discretion of the employer,” said DOCCS Assistant Public Information Officer Dee Johnson. “Correction Officer Marvelli was terminated for failure to satisfactorily complete his probationary period.”
The Corrections Office was made aware of the Marvellis’ actions when the banks contacted the Corrections Office to verify Justin Marvelli’s employment, according to the state comptroller.
“I am proud of those staff with our Department’s Office of Special Investigations, who worked both internally and hand in hand with the comptroller’s investigators, to assist in this arrest and possible future prosecution of the wrongdoers,” said DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci. “I commend the men and women of OSI who once again showed that with their skills and partnerships with other state agencies, we will continue to hold those fully accountable for their improper actions.”
“This couple thought they could use a forged state pay stub to trick two banks into giving them a mortgage,” said state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “Thanks to my ongoing partnerships with the Department of Corrections, Office of Special Investigations and the New York State Police, their scheme was quickly exposed and they now will be held accountable for their actions. I thank [Albany County District Attorney David Soares] for prosecuting this case.”
A number listed in the phone book for Justin Marvelli has been disconnected.