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Former fire chief and treasurer sentenced for stealing over $300k from fire department

Munson

WHITE PLAINS - A former Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department chief and village police officer who most recently served as the fire department treasurer was sentenced to state prison on Wednesday.

Gerald Munson, 74, was sentenced to 1 ½ to 4 ½ years in prison for grand larceny as a crime of public corruption.

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said the charge relates to the theft of over $300,000 from the Croton-on-Hudson Fire Department. Munson had pled guilty on September 12, 2018.

The court ordered Munson to pay restitution to the fire department and at the time of the plea, he paid $124,383 in restitution, in addition to $25,000 he paid at his arraignment. At sentencing, the court issued an order of restitution for the remaining $149,383.

While fire department treasurer he was responsible for maintaining the fire department bank account and financial records despite having no prior qualifications or background in accounting or financial matters.

The money he stole included portions of the so-called “two percent money” paid to the department by the state in connection with the state’s two percent tax on fire insurance. Munson was also able to conceal his ongoing theft by altering and manipulating the department’s bank records.

 


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