Former town clerk pleads guilty to embezzling Crawford funds

GOSHEN – Former Crawford Town Clerk Jolene Roy, 45, of Pine Bush, pled guilty before Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to grand larceny and tampering with public records in connection with the embezzlement of over $21,000 from the Town of Crawford while she was town clerk.

Roy admitted that between May 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018, she embezzled funds from the Town of Crawford that she had received as town clerk.

She also admitted making false entries in town records to conceal the thefts.

An investigation by the State Police, Orange County District Attorney’s Office and State Comptroller’s Office revealed she stole over $21,000 including by stealing funds that the town was to receive from the rental of rooms for events at the Town Senior Center.

Roy, who is scheduled to be sentenced in May, has agreed to pay $21,296 in restitution to the town on or before that court date.

“Ms. Roy was an elected official who was trusted to make sure that taxpayer dollars were being used responsibly,” said State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

“Public service is a sacred trust and those who abuse their positions to enrich themselves must be held accountable,” said DA David Hoovler.



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