’30 Rock’ Thief Cuts A Deal, Avoids Jail
A former NBC Universal accountant who embezzled more than $13,600 while working on the hit TV show, “30 Rock”, last week received a conditional discharge in an agreement with Queens prosecutors that called for reimbursement of the stolen funds.
Prosecutors said Matthew Rudolph, 38, worked on the show during the filming of its fourth season at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City.
From 2009-2010, Rudolph faked signatures of approval on more than $7,500 in unauthorized purchases he made on NBC Universal credit cards, a criminal complaint states.
The complaint also alleged that Rudolph wrote two checks in 2009, totaling $6,000, each bearing a forged signature of approval. Both purchases required approval from Silvercup Studio’s unit production manager and the credit card purchases required approval by NBC Universal’s comptroller, the complaint states.
Officials at NBC Universal alerted District Attorney Richard Brown of the fraudulent instruments.
Rudolph was charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and criminal possession of a forced instrument at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court in January 2011. He could have faced up to seven years in prison, if convicted.
In a plea deal with Queens prosecutors, Rudolph last week pleaded guilty to petit larceny and was sentenced to a conditional discharge after he returned the $13,600 to NBC Universal.
Rudolph made restitution on the entire amount shortly after his sentencing on April 12, Brown said.