Police: Former Whiteface Lodge employee embezzled $134K
LAKE PLACID — A former employee of the Whiteface Lodge, who is the current operations and finance manager for the Adirondack North Country Association, allegedly stole over $134,000 from the resort over a two-year span.
State police on Tuesday charged Morgan B. Miller, 36, of Lake Placid with second-degree grand larceny for using her Whiteface Lodge business credit card to make over $134,000 in unauthorized purchases for personal expenditures.
State police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman said police believe Miller was employed at the luxury resort for about 12 years before she voluntarily left the business in August to seek other employment. Miller’s LinkedIn page says she was the Whiteface Lodge’s financial controller since 2005 and has served as ANCA’s operations and finance manager since August.
Whiteface Lodge management brought financial records to police’s attention on Sept. 7.
“They had discovered she was making questionable purchases with the company credit card,” Fleishman said.
Police’s investigation is ongoing as they assist with a forensic audit, the process of reviewing a person’s or company’s financial statements to determine if they are accurate and lawful.
Phone messages left with Whiteface Lodge management and ANCA were not immediately returned Thursday morning.
Miller was arraigned in North Elba town court and sent to the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 secured bail bond. She posted bail on Tuesday and was released. She is scheduled to reappear in town court at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14.
The town judge initially assigned Miller to the Essex County public defender’s office, and public defense attorney Dan Tedford represented her in court this week. Since then, she has secured the services of Lake Placid defense attorney Brian Barrett. He declined comment Thursday.
Second-degree grand larceny is a Class C felony in New York, punishable by up to five to 15 years in prison for a first-time offender, though a conviction has no mandatory minimum prison sentence.