A town of Geddes employee is accused of stealing $30,000 in a health insurance scam, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Wednesday.
Shannon Carhart, 43, of Syracuse, was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and official misconduct.
Carhart, an account clerk for the town, allegedly falsified records claiming she had declined the town’s health insurance coverage when she was actually enrolled in the plan. The paperwork allowed her to receive $6,000 given to employees who opt out of the town’s health insurance coverage, according to the comptroller’s office.
Not only did Carhart receive the payment, authorities said, it cost the town an additional $30,000 to cover her health insurance premiums.
“Ms. Carhart hoodwinded Geddes town officials and altered reports to cover up her theft,” DiNapoli said in a statement.