Martina Hull agrees to pay back more than $127K she embezzled from JCC in Albany

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ALBANY — The former human resources director of the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center is facing three to nine years in state prison if she does not pay back $127,000 she stole from the Whitehall Road facility.

Martina Hull, 40, of Troy, also admitted this week that she lied to a grand jury that was hearing evidence about the case.

On Tuesday, Hull pleaded guilty before Albany County Judge Andra Ackerman to second-degree grand larceny for embezzling the money between Oct. 21, 2016, and March 21, 2020, according to Albany County District Attorney David Soares’ office.

Prosecutors said Hull created an employee named “Harry Hall IV” without permission and paid the $127,000 into that account. 

The judge set Hull’s sentencing for May 24, 2023 – one year from the plea. If all of the $127,000 is paid back, Hull will receive five years of probation. If not, she will receive the three-to-nine-year prison term under terms of the plea deal. As part of the plea agreement, the district attorney’s office said it agreed not to pursue perjury charges.

Hull’s case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Linda Griggs. Hull is being represented by attorney Adam Staier.

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