Potsdam Man Allegedly Embezzled $17K From Tavern

Potsdam Man Allegedly Embezzled $17K From Tavern

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A Potsdam man is accused of embezzling $17,500 from the bar he once managed.

Village police charged 40 year old Nathan Laclair with third-degree grand larceny.

Officials said Laclair was the general manager of McDuff's Tavern on Market Street and was responsible for payroll and had access to the company credit card.

Between January 2017 and August 2018, Laclair allegedly issued himself extra paychecks in the amount of $14,400.

He's also accused of charging a guitar, hotel rooms and bar and restaurant tabs to the company credit card. Those personal expenses totaled $3,100, police said.

Officials said the tavern's owner confronted Laclair about the missing money in August, but Laclair fled the area.

Police said they tracked him down in the Lake George area and got an arrest warrant.

Laclair turned himself in to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department and brought to the Potsdam Police Department and processed, police said.

He's currently being held in St. Lawrence County Jail on $7,500 bail or $15,000 bond.

During their investigation, police said they discovered there's an outstanding arrest warrant for Laclair in North Carolina, where is also accused of embezzlement.

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