State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua and the New York State Police today announced that Nancy Berger, formerly the Clerk/Treasurer of the Village of Norwood, was arrested for allegedly stealing $73,725 from the Village.*
The State Comptroller said that Berger "is accused of stealing funds from the Village of Norwood, a violation of her community’s trust and an abuse of her position as a public official. Thanks to my partnership with the St. Lawrence District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police, we will make sure that justice is served on behalf of Norwood’s residents.”
Berger is alleged to have stolen Village funds between 2018 and 2022 by writing Village checks to herself. The alleged theft was initially uncovered by the Village and Berger resigned from her position shortly thereafter in June 2022. Berger was appointed Clerk/Treasurer in January 2017.
The alleged theft was reported by the Village to the St. Lawrence District Attorney’s Office, which then contacted the Office of the New York State Comptroller. District Attorney Pasqua pledged, “to work with the State Police and Comptroller’s Office to hold the [accused] accountable, rectify the financial losses incurred by the Village of Norwood, and assure the people of Norwood that my office will work to restore confidence in its public servants.”
* N.B. These charges are accusations and the individual is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of competent jurisdiction.