Former Croton-on-Hudson fire department treasurer charged with embezzling

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WHITE PLAINS – A former Croton-on-Hudson fire chief, former police officer and most recently fire department treasurer, has been arrested on charges related to the theft of over $300,000 from the fire department.
Gerald Munson, 64, was charged Wednesday with grand larceny as a crime of public corruption and grand larceny, both felonies. He was released on his own recognizance and paid $25,000 toward restitution. If convicted, Munson faces a maximum sentence of 25 years and 15 years in state prison, respectively, on the two charges.
The felony complaint, Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. said, alleges that he stole $312,925 including from the so-called “two percent money,” paid annually to the fire department paid annually by the state in connection with the state’s two percent tax on fire insurance. He allegedly concealed the ongoing thefts for years by altering and manipulating the department’s bank records.
Village Police Chief Russell Harper said the allegations were first brought to his attention, he assigned his detective division to investigate and reached out to the DA’s Office of Public Integrity.