Former Minerva clerk imprisoned for embezzling town funds
ELIZABETHTOWN — Jordan Green, the former clerk to the supervisor for the town of Minerva, was sentenced Monday in Essex County Court to one-and-a-third to four years in state prison and ordered to pay restitution, state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced.
Green pleaded guilty last month to fourth-degree grand larceny, official misconduct and tampering with public records after an investigation and audit found that she took thousands of dollars in unauthorized payroll payments and used public funds to pay back her loans from the state’s retirement system.
County Judge Richard B. Meyer also ordered Green to pay back $19,076.06 in restitution and pay a $1,500 fine.
As the clerk to the supervisor, Green was responsible for processing payroll, calculating employee benefits and collecting payments to the town.
The comptroller’s investigation and audit revealed that Green stole more than $19,000, including funneling almost $9,000 to her own bank account from the town’s payroll account, $1,023 not withheld from her health insurance and $4,277 that was not withheld from her retirement contributions and loan repayments.
DiNapoli’s office also found that Green, who is a member of the state’s retirement system, used town funds to pay back loans she took from the retirement system of more than $1,500. Green also directed more than $1,000 in town funds to pay medical contributions, instead of making deductions from her paycheck.
Green resigned in April 2015 after the comptroller’s investigation began.
“Ms. Green’s sentence is a reminder that a public employee stealing public dollars will not be tolerated,” DiNapoli said in a press release. “I thank Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague and the New York State Police for their work and partnership in combatting public corruption.”
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@example.com, or by mailing a complaint to the Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.