Former Pulaski Assistant Village Clerk Courtney Dillabough was arrested last week for allegedly pocketing $5,300 in village fees, including the "weekend loans" she took and repaid with a friend’s check on Mondays, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Dillabough, 34, of Sandy Creek, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and corrupting the government in the third degree. The alleged thefts, which began in 2017, were revealed by the State Comptroller’s office in partnership with the Pulaski Police Department and Oswego County District Attorney Gregory S. Oakes after town officials contacted authorities.
Dillabough allegedly stole the public’s payments for water, sewer, tax and library fees until village officials noted there was cash missing last year. Dillabough resigned in August 2017 after town officials discovered the alleged thefts. She was arraigned in Richland Town Court.
"Dillabough allegedly abused her position to use town funds as her personal ATM," said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. "I thank District Attorney Oakes and Pulaski Police Chief Martin for holding this public official responsible for her actions."
Oswego County District Attorney Gregory S. Oakes stated, "I wish to thank Comptroller DiNapoli for his continued partnership in fighting public corruption and theft. I am pleased that we are working together, along with the Pulaski PD, to protect taxpayers."
Pulaski Police Chief Michael J. Martin said, "I would like to thank Comptroller DiNapoli and his agency for his assistance in helping the village of Pulaski in fighting theft and political corruption."
Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at [email protected] or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236. Review prior cases at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/investigations.
The charges against the defendant are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.