Former Pitcairn Official Accused Of Embezzling Fires Attorney

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A former Pitcairn supervisor cited in a state audit for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars while she was in office has fired her attorney.

Susan Smith has yet to face any criminal charges in connection with what has been described by prosecutors as an ongoing investigation.

7 News has learned that Smith fired Canton attorney Lloyd Grandy, who had been attempting to negotiate a civil settlement with the town allowing Smith to pay the money back.

Grandy confirmed he will be turning the case over to another attorney, but declined further comment.

Clyde "Sam" Frank, current supervisor of the southern St. Lawrence County township, tells 7 News that he is unsure how Smith's change in attorney will affect Pitcairn's efforts to recoup the allegedly stolen money.

Frank says the town should not only be reimbursed for the  estimated $35,000 "in one lump sum," but the town "should also be entitled to interest."

Smith is alleged to have written herself 13 paychecks from a town account between January 2008 and December 2009 and cashed them at the Community Bank in Harrisville, where she was branch manager.

Smith also allegedly wrote several checks to vendors and then
cashed them at the bank.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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