ALTONA, N.Y. - A former Altona bookkeeper is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars between 2009 and 2013. Officials discovered the embezzlement during a town audit by the New York State Comptroller's office.
The New York State Comptroller says Danielle Peryea, 34, frequently altered receipts to show a lower amount collected from the park director and code enforcement officer. In total, Peryea is accused of embezzling $23,500.
“This individual controlled town finances with little oversight and had no difficulty in pocketing public money,” said N.Y. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “Unfortunately, my office continues to uncover instances such as this where local officials are taking advantage of lax financial controls and helping themselves to the money in the public till. We have referred our findings to Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.”
In August 2013, the comptroller's office says that Peryea gave back the money after learning of the audit and claimed it was donation to the town.