Grand Jury To Probe Clare Money
A St. Lawrence County grand jury will soon investigate how a former supervisor in the Town of Clare spent town money, 7 News reporter John Friot has learned.
The audit by the state comptroller's office raises questions about more than $23,000 in town expenses incurred while Nicole Curtis Dimock was town supervisor in 2010.
According to the audit:
- Nearly $21,000 in checks can't be accounted for
- In addition, Dimock received a check for $3,075
- Dimock and her husband were each issued checks for $100 for 'educational refunds'
- A $32 check was written to a financial services company.
Dimock could not be reached for comment over the last week. When 7 News spoke with her two years ago, she denied any intentional wrong-doing.
The audit also criticizes the Clare town board, noting "The board should take a more active role in oversight of the Town's financial records."
The audit also recommends the town try to recover $2,422 from current supervisor Francis Sharpstene for health insurance coverage.
Sharpstene was the supervisor before Dimock - and has since gotten the job back. While he was out of office, he attempted to pay the $2422 for health insurance under the town's 'COBRA' plan, but Dimock apparently didn't cash his checks.
Dimock resigned from the town supervisor job just nine months after being elected.
Thursday, May 23, 2013, Watertown, NY
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