Estranged hubby of vegan fraudster will get 5 years probation

The estranged husband of New York Metropolis’s baddest vegan dodged additional jail time Monday as a choose sentenced him to 5 years probation for swiping practically $1 million from buyers and workers.

Brooklyn Supreme Courtroom Choose Danny Chun stated Anthony Strangis — who’s been cooling his heels at Rikers since his and Pure Meals and Wine chef Sarma Melngailis’ arrest final Might — has served sufficient time behind bars.

“It’s laborious sufficient in that the defendant has accomplished over one 12 months of incarceration, and it doesn’t finish the sentence, as a result of within the sentence to 5 years probation, he has a five-year interval wherein he should hold himself accountable to probation,” the choose stated.

Strangis confronted a 12 months in jail as a part of a plea settlement with prosecutors.

Chun warned that if Strangis violates probation, he may serve one other 5-to-15 years on grand larceny costs.

The profession prison and Melngailis admitted that they stole from buyers, didn’t pay gross sales tax and shortchanged workers of Melngailis’ celeb-studded vegan eatery in Gramercy earlier than disappearing in January 2015.

Sarma MelngailisR. Umar Abbasi

They had been nabbed final Might – after ordering a decidedly non-vegan Dominos pizza to their motel room in Tennessee.

Strangis has beforehand accomplished time for grand theft and impersonating a police officer.

Earlier this month, Melngailis copped a plea deal that may land her 4 months behind bars and 5 years probation.

“He’s happy, particularly now that it has come to mild that she performed an equal and culpable position on this,” stated Strangis’ lawyer Samuel Karliner. “She was a savvy businesswoman who got here up with a plan and he helped her execute it. She knew precisely what she was doing and so did he and for that, they’re being appropriately punished.”

Strangis, wearing a purple and blue plaid shirt, blue denims and development boots, stated nothing in court docket earlier than strolling out a free man.

In the meantime, Melngailis’ lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, blamed the health-conscious chef’s fall from grace on her “full maniac” hubby.

“She was badly abused and managed by a lifelong predator and fraudster,” Lichtman stated earlier this month.

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