HALFMOON, N.Y. -- A Halfmoon Town Board meeting Wednesday night is expected to focus on the issue of removing Town Supervisor Mindy Wormuth from her position just weeks after she turned herself in to federal court.
Wormuth, 46, was arraigned on October 16 in federal court on charges of making false statements and extortion. A day later she was arraigned in Waterford Town Court on charges of Grand Larceny, Offering a False Instrument for Filing, and Petit Larceny. She pleaded not guilty and was released on her own recognizance.
Wormuth is charged with accepting $7,500 in "consultant fees" in return for using her official position as town supervisor on the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors to lobby for the legislation of mixed martial arts. They say she also stole more than $6,000 in campaign contributions from her campaign fund.
Federal officials also say Wormuth falsely stated that she had consulted with a former town justice in Saratoga County, named "K.T.: in the indictment, for advice prior to accepting payments. In reality, she had not consulted w K.T., but instead another attorney who told her she could only work in her spare time, and could not use her office or official acts in exchange for payments.
Just days before turning herself in, Wormuth announced that she would be taking a 30-day leave of absence, stating that she would be unable to come to work for medical reasons.
Several board members had previously asked Wormuth to resign in September amid an FBI investigation. In late October, the town board officially filed a petition asking a court to remove her from office.