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Former Marion court clerk admits to stealing $50,000

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Former court clerk for the Town of Marion, Eileen Steurrys, has confessed to embezzling over $50,000 from the town court’s funds. This revelation was jointly announced by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Wayne County District Attorney Michael Calarco, and the New York State Police.

DiNapoli praised the collaborative efforts that led to the plea, noting Steurrys’ elaborate attempts to conceal her crimes. “She now faces the consequences of her actions because of our rigorous investigation,” DiNapoli stated. Prosecutor John J. Ferlicca lauded the State Comptroller’s auditors for their “exceptional and thorough investigation,” which facilitated the conviction. New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli emphasized the commitment of law enforcement in curbing public corruption, praising the collaborative efforts to hold Steurrys accountable for abusing her position.

The misconduct came to light during an audit of the Town of Marion Court Fund led by DiNapoli, which exposed discrepancies in the deposit of court fees. The subsequent probe, conducted over the course of 2016 to 2021, revealed that Steurrys manipulated court records and fabricated receipts to hide her thefts, leading to her arrest in March. Steurrys has since pleaded guilty to several charges, including Grand Larceny and Official Misconduct, with sentencing set for October 18 in Wayne County Court.