Renssellaerville Town Supervisor resigns amid allegations of fraud

December 13, 2018 11:46 PM

RENSSELAERVILLE - Thursday night, the Town Board in Rensselaerville began their public meeting with a statement. 

"We held an emergency meeting yesterday where we accepted Steve's resignation," Deputy Supervisor, John Dolce said.

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According to the statement, Supervisor Steven Pfleging acknowledged to board members that he had written multiple unauthorized checks from the payroll account to himself exceeding ten thousand dollars.

"Steve has been very remorseful and upset but he did what he did," Dolce said.

Dolce says the board was shocked to learn of the betrayal from town auditors early this week and asked for Pfleging's resignation immediately. They called an emergency meeting Wednesday morning at 10:30, to accept it.  

"I realize the seriousness of the situation that faces you, however you have bypassed the legal requirement for noticing these meetings," Marie Dermody said.

Former board member, Dermody resigned herself in 2012 during a state audit, she says because of changing hands and medical reasons.  

"I make it a point to attend your meetings, I was not permitted to do that, yesterday." Dermody said.

According to the board, the town has an internal payroll system, one where the Town Supervisor signs checks and also has access to the bank account statements.

"We've had these incidents in the Town of Rensselaerville in the past and I just feel like maybe we need more oversight," Suzanne Pine said.

"Please, don't think that we're ok with this. Or that nothing is going to change. Everything is going to change or I won't be part of it," Dolce said.

Dolce says the town will be implementing an outside payroll service.

Pfleging's name has been removed from all accounts, passwords have been changed and the town's insurance company has been contacted, but the town has yet to hear back from them.

Any updates by the board will come on the website, under the announcements tab.

Trooper Kerra Burns of the New York State Police told NewsChannel 13, "I can confirm that the State Police have received a complaint from the Rensselaerville Town Board of a possible fraud involving Steven Pfleging. At this time, this is an open investigation. The investigation by State Police began today (Thursday)."


Karen Tararache

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