Town tax collector admits she falsified her personal tax payments
An audit and investigation by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s staff led to the July 20, 2015arrest of the Town of DePeyster's Town Clerk and Tax Collector Michelle Sheppard. The Comptroller reported that Sheppard admitted she falsified her personal town and county tax payments of $4,303 and that she has been charged with nine counts of tampering with public records in the first degree, a Class D felony, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor, for crimes dating back to 2011.
DiNapoli’s audits and investigations have led to more than 90 arrests and $18 million in ordered restitution since 2011. Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has been committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. Allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money may be reported by calling the Comptroller's toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.