Logan CrawfordJan 31, 2018, 10:32 pmJan 31, 2018, 11:18 pm

Brooklyn man sentenced in charity scam that targeted Nassau businesses

Thousands of dollars were stolen to fuel a drug addiction, according to the defendant’s lawyer


MINEOLA — The Brooklyn man who admitted to scamming businesses on Long Island out of thousands of dollars learned his fate in court Wednesday.

Vincent Fina was sentenced to one to three years in jail for defrauding people out of money to buy drugs, claiming he was collecting the funds for 6-year-old Gianni Incandela, a brain cancer patient.

Prosecutors say Fina's wife, Brittney Schmidt, was also scamming Nassau businesses, fire departments, and police stations in Brooklyn and Queens. She was sentenced to a year in jail earlier this month.

The couple originally faced just probation time. But they didn't show up for multiple court dates. Fina was arrested in an unrelated robbery in Brooklyn.

In court, Fina’s lawyer told the judge his client committed these crimes because of his drug addiction.

Incandela’s grandmother says her family is happy they can put this ordeal behind them.

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