Former Mayfield Town Clerk accused of pocketing public funds

June 05, 2018 11:09 PM

Town of Mayfield – A former Mayfield Town Clerk is facing charges.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Dorothy Hart, 61, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly pocketing thousands of dollars in public funds.

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Hart is being charged with two counts of grand larceny in the third degree, class D felonies.

“Ms. Hart took advantage of her position and the public’s trust by diverting public funds to herself,” said DiNapoli.

Hart allegedly misappropriated more than $35,000 in property taxes, dog licensing and other fees. She allegedly pocketed more than $27,000 in property taxes by misappropriating penalty fees, which should have gone to the town.

The Comptroller also said Hart’s monthly reports from January 2011 to February 2015 to the Town Supervisor claimed that she turned over portions of the dog licensing money to the county treasurer. But an investigation found that Hart kept more than $8,000 of the dog licensing and other fees.

Hart was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court June 19.

The Town Supervisor nor any town board members responded to WNYT’s request for comment.


Emily De Vito

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