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Canandaigua Police Chief weighs in on woman accused of stealing $12K from Gold Star Wives of America

Canandaigua City Police Chief Mathew Nielsen has weighed in on the woman who’s accused of stealing more than $12,000 from Gold Star Wives of America.

Jennifer Cratsley, 49, is facing charges for the theft of funds from Gold Star Wives of America, a not-for-profit that aids women who lost their husbands in military-related deaths.

For Chief Nielsen, the situation is personal- He lost his own father to ALS, which he developed after exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the Vietnam War.

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“It’s hard to believe that somebody would be going through the same things that my family went through and would take advantage of that organization, but there’s a lot of personal aspects of people’s lives that I guess would influence their decisions to do something like that,” Nielsen told News10NBC. “I just, it’s hard for me to understand it.”

Cratsley is charged with third degree grand larceny. She was arraigned in Ontario County CAP Court on Monday, February 14, with her next court appearance scheduled for February 23 in Canandaigua City Court.



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