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March 01, 2011

 

DiNapoli Investigation Leads to Embezzlement Guilty Plea

The former bookkeeper for the Towns of Kinderhook and Greenport has pleaded guilty to all charges related to her theft of approximately $300,000 in public funds following an investigation by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s office, the New York State Police and Columbia County District Attorney Beth Cozzolino.

“This case should be a wake-up call to New York’s municipalities,” DiNapoli said.  “Local officials need to understand that if you don’t keep a close eye on the purse strings, taxpayers can suffer.

“Intergovernmental cooperation between my office, the State Police and the Columbia County District Attorney made sure that in this instance, crime did not pay. I particularly want to commend District Attorney Cozzolino. Her work helped prevent even more harm to taxpayers.”

Investigators last year found Pegeen Mulligan-Moore misappropriated $287,000 in Kinderhook town funds to pay for personal credit card purchases. She was also charged with depositing more than $53,000 of the Town of Greenport's checks into her personal checking account.

DiNapoli encourages the public to help fight against fraud and abuse.  New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse of taxpayer money by: calling the Comptroller’s toll-free fraud hotline at 1-888-672-4555; filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us; or mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller Investigations Unit, 110 State Street, 14th floor, Albany, NY 12236.


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