The Town of Walworth has taken another step in case involving $15,000 that went missing in late-2021.
According to an announcement from town officials, the Town has referred the ‘alleged misappropriation’ of $15,000 to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for a criminal investigation.
The announcement reiterates what Town Supervisor Mike Donalty said late-last week when the alleged fraud became public information.
“When the newly-elected town council took office in 2022 they noticed inconsistencies and irregularities in the bookkeeping in the fourth quarter of 2021 left behind by the outgoing administration,” a new statement said.
According to officials, the Board hired a forensic accountant to sort out the nature of the irregularities, which determined that nearly $15,000 was misappropriated through payroll.
The new Board referred the matter to the state Comptroller’s Office, who verified the issue, but declined to pursue.
The board also determined that it would not pursue civil litigation due to the high costs associated with doing so.
As result, the Town Board referred the matter to the sheriff’s office to launch a criminal investigation.
“There is no excuse for this kind of financial recklessness,” Deputy Supervisor Amber Linson said. “The current Walworth Town Board is happy the case will continue to be pursued as we work with the sheriff’s department to see justice done on behalf of the people of Walworth.”
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