Former Pitcairn Supervisor Accused Of Embezzling Town Funds

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Investigators have uncovered evidence against the former town of Pitcairn supervisor - evidence that she misused tens of thousands of dollars.

A state audit found numerous discrepancies and unauthorized transactions that are expected to lead to criminal charges.

"The draft audit has been referred to this office. We're in the process of reviewing it and our investigation into the matter is continuing," said St. Lawrence County District Attorney Nicole Duve.

The investigation centers on former supervisor Susan Smith.

The amount in question totals more than $35,000 and the alleged theft occurred between January 1, 2008 and January 31, 2009.

Authorities suspect she used her position as manager of this Community Bank branch in Harrisville, where she's no longer employed, to allegedly carry out the embezzlement scheme.
 
The state audit found Smith wrote herself 13 unauthorized payroll checks totaling more than $11,000 that were never officially recorded in town records.

Other alleged discrepancies included 13 checks totaling nearly $21,000 written by Smith to the local bank with no evidence of Town Board knowledge or authorization.

She also allegedly issued $3,400 worth of checks to vendors, who denied receiving payments, even though the checks were cashed at the bank.
 
Smith told auditors that some of the checks she issued to herself were done in error and the funds had been credited back into the town's bank account.

When 7 News contacted her, she declined to make any comment.
 
While town board members have seen the initial audit and allegations, they also declined comment.

Town Supervisor Richard Atkinson did tell us that more financial checks and balances are in the process of being implemented.

"One thing we're doing is we're giving all the board members a copy of the reconciled bank statements every month," said Atkinson.
 
Prosecutors haven't decided whether to present the case to a grand jury or proceed with a felony complaint.

Friday, October 31, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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