State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua and the New York State Police today announced that Nancy Berger, 55, formerly the Clerk/Treasurer of the Village of Norwood, was arrested for allegedly stealing $73,725 from the Village.
“Nancy Berger is accused of stealing funds from the Village of Norwood, a violation of her community’s trust and an abuse of her position as a public official,” DiNapoli said. “Thanks to my partnership with the St. Lawrence District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police, we will make sure that justice is served on behalf of Norwood’s residents.”
“I will continue to work with the State Police and Comptroller’s Office to hold the defendant accountable, rectify the financial losses incurred by the Village of Norwood, and assure the people of Norwood that my office will work to restore confidence in its public servants,” said District Attorney Pasqua.
Berger is accused of stealing the funds between 2018 and 2022 by writing Village checks to herself. Her alleged theft was initially uncovered by the Village and she resigned from her position shortly after in June 2022. Berger was appointed Clerk/Treasurer in January 2017.
This case was reported by the Village to the St. Lawrence District Attorney’s Office, which then contacted the Office of the New York State Comptroller.
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 https://www.osc.state.ny.us/investigations, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.