A 27-year-old Troy man was arrested on Tuesday, June 30, for allegedly stealing more than $50,000 from the Regional Food Bank and the Albany Damien Center.
On 42 occasions, Chavez Gibbs allegedly took 31,542 pounds of food from March 13 to June 25 and used the account of his former employer, the Damien Center, to pay for it. He then sold the food to several other non-profits in the area and kept the money.
The Food Bank in Latham has been particularly busy since mid-March when the COVID-19 began to take hold. The Damien Center in Albany provides across the board support for those living with HIV-AIDS.
Gibbs was on probation for an earlier larceny conviction that involved identity theft, said Colonie Lt. Robert Winn, and there is reason to believe there may be other nonprofit victims of the scheme.
Anyone with any information about Gibbs or believes they were victimized by him should contact their local police department.
He was arraigned in front of Colonie Judge Peter Crummey on the felony of grand larceny.