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State audit confirms what criminal court proved: Marion court clerk misappropriated nearly $60K, Town agrees to audit recommendations

An audit revealed that the Town of Marion’s Court suffered from inadequate oversight, allowing a former court clerk to misappropriate more than $59,000 in fines and fees between 2016 and 2021. The clerk pled guilty to multiple charges including grand larceny and was sentenced to six months in jail with a restitution mandate in August 2023. This lack of oversight highlighted significant gaps in the town’s financial checks and balances.


The audit found that the Justices failed to review reports accurately and oversee bank reconciliations, while the Town Board neglected to perform its annual audit duties. These oversights facilitated the misappropriation of nearly 38% of the court’s collected revenues during the reviewed period. The former clerk took advantage of the lax oversight to tamper with records and engage in official misconduct.

In response to the findings, the Town of Marion officials have agreed with the recommendations and are planning corrective actions to improve financial oversight. This includes thorough reviews of state agency reports and monthly bank reconciliations to prevent future discrepancies. The audit’s revelations have prompted a commitment to stricter financial management within the town’s justice system.

FingerLakes1.com recently sat down with new Town Supervisor Summer Johnson, who talked about the importance of having elected officials who give their full-attention to local operations.