May 17, 2021

Former school district treasurer sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing school district funds

This decision illustrates acts of misconduct by a public official called Jobbery, i.e., using one's public office or position of trust for ones' personal gain or advantage.

On May 14, 2021, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli reported that a former school district treasurer pled guilty to stealing $34,000 from the school district at which she was employed.

The former district treasurer admitted she stole about $24,000 by depositing checks payable to the school district into bank accounts that she controlled. She also admitted stealing at least $10,000 more by using the school district’s Amazon account and credit cards to purchase personal items while serving as the district's treasurer over a six year period. Pleading guilty to two counts of federal program theft for stealing from a school district that received federal funds, she was sentenced to two years of probation, will be required to serve 50 hours of community service and was ordered to pay $34,000 in restitution.

Comptroller DiNapoli said that this case was investigated in partnership with the FBI and the New York State Police and was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.

Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has been committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by mailing a complaint to Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236, or by filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us.

 

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