Latino Civic Association leader turns himself in after Ithaca police investigate stolen funds

September 2, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The president of the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County turned himself in at Ithaca Police Department headquarters this morning following an investigation into theft of funds from the organization's bank accounts. Micah Martorell is charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony.

Micah Martorell, accused of stealing from the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County. Photo provided by IPD.Micah Martorell, accused of stealing from the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County. Photo provided by IPD."Two members of the LCATC executive board discovered the funds were missing from several of the bank accounts used by the LCATC," IPD public information officer Jamie Williamson tells us. "They did some checking into it on their own, and upon discovering that the defendant was responsible, they contacted IPD."

According to an IPD press release, nearly $6,500 was stolen from various bank accounts belonging to the organization between March and June of this year. Police say Martorell "withdrew money from various accounts at the LCATC's bank and did not reimburse the LCATC for the withdrawals, as required by the bylaws of the LCATC."

Martorell "voluntarily responded to IPDHQ to turn himself in" after he was contacted, Williamson tells us. He was arraigned in Ithaca City Court and released on his own recognizance "pending further court action," the release says.

According to the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County's web site, the group serves "to provide a vehicle for the social, cultural, educational and civic expression of the Latino community in Tompkins County."

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