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Audit finds Argyle clerk used town's money for personal use


ARGYLE, N.Y. - A former clerk in the Town of Argyle in Washington County used a town credit card to purchase more than $8,000 in personal expenditures, according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

According to an audit released Monday by DiNapoli, from January 2009 through December 2012, the former clerk made four separate purchases totaling $8,347 that were not for town business, which included $2,900 to a flooring contractor and $1,500 to an insurance company, and accumulated late fees and finance charges totaling $2,013.

"This blatant misuse of taxpayer funds was allowed to go on because of poor oversight, the lack of segregation of duties and a pattern of poor recordkeeping," said DiNapoli. "Our audit raises serious concerns about the town's financial operations."

The former clerk, who remained unnamed, did not seek re-election in 2011 and paid off the debt and admitted to improperly using the town's credit card.

The town did not pay for any of the unauthorized purchases, late fees or finance charges incurred.

The town supervisor alerted auditors to the misuse during the review process and contacted local law enforcement officials.

Charges were not filed because the clerk repaid the town.

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