Comptroller: Mayfield town clerk stole $35,000
Jun 5, 2018
A former town clerk in Fulton County was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in public money, state Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said.
Dorothy Hart, 61, was charged with two counts of grand larceny for allegedly misappropriating more than $35,000 in property taxes, dog licenses and other town fees, DiNapoli said.
"Hart took advantage of her position and the public's trust by diverting public funds to herself," said DiNapoli, who cited the work of District Attorney Chad Brown and State Police in the case.
Hart, who is due back in court on June 19, was an elected official when she allegedly pocketed $27,000 in property taxes by misappropriating penalty fees, which should have gone to the town. In her monthly reports, between January 2011 to February 2015, she claimed that she turned over portions of the dog licensing money to the county treasurer.
The comptroller's investigation found, however, that Hart kept more than $8,000 of the dog licensing fees and other fees.
A comptroller's audit is also under way.