Town Court Clerk Fired Over Missing Money

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Thousands of dollars are apparently missing from Potsdam Town Court.

That's money in fines and other penalties that hasn't been found.

Auditors from the state started out looking at the court's records for the last year, but now they're going back several years.

"The comptroller's office is still doing an ongoing investigation of the court audit and all I can tell you is that they hope to be completed in the next few weeks," said town Supervisor Marie Regan.

The money was paid to Court Clerk Mary-Jo Guyette, but was allegedly never recorded.

Guyette has been court clerk since 2005, but she was suspended from her $33,000 a year job and has now been fired.

"She was suspended with pay in June until early in September. She is no longer on the payroll," said Regan.

We want to point out that an audit the town had done turned up nothing amiss in the town court finances.

"It's clean bill of health according to the materials that we were privy to," said Regan.

That said, state police seized two computers from the court clerk's office.

They're being analyzed in Albany.

No charges have been brought against Guyette, who could not be reached for comment.

(Our initial headline said a town clerk was fired. It was supposed to say town court clerk.)

Sunday, October 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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