Former Pitcairn Supervisor Indicted In Embezzlement Case
Former Pitcairn Supervisor Susan Smith faces a 10-count indictment for allegedly embezzling over $35,000 from the town and attempting to cover up the crime.
The 39 year old Smith was named in a sealed indictment opened Monday morning in St. Lawrence County Court.
It charges her with a felony count of third degree grand larceny, four felony counts of tampering with evidence, four felony counts of offering a false instrument for filing and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a forged instrument.
"Corruption wastes taxpayer money and, perhaps even worse, erodes the public’s trust in its government," Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a release.
"This individual will be brought to justice for cheating hard-working taxpayers to line her own pockets and then attempting to cover up the crime,” Schneiderman said.
Assistant Attorney General Bridget Holohan Scally, who is directly handling the case, says she is prepared to take the case to trial.
Defense Attorney Gary Miles tells 7 News Smith is cooperating with authorities and it's too early to tell if Smith will be allowed to plea to lesser charges.
Smith is accused of embezzling the money between January 2008 and December 2009.
A state audit in 2011 found she wrote 13 checks to herself totaling more than $11,000. She also allegedly wrote another 13 checks totaling $21,000 to Community Bank in Harrisville, where she was branch manager.
Smith allegedly wrote another eight checks to vendors that were allegedly cashed at the bank. Those vendors denied they were paid.
Smith was released on her own recognizance.
Thursday, August 21, 2014, Watertown, NY
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