A North Country court clerk is accused of pocketing more than $5,400 from the Bombay Justice Court while the other court clerk was absent, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Eric Fleury, 43, of Constable, was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a D felony, in Dickinson Town Court. The alleged thefts were uncovered in an audit and investigation by DiNapoli’s office to review the court’s financial operations.
“The public relies on our justice court fines to support vital services including highway safety, not to line the pockets of a dishonest clerk,” DiNapoli said. “My office will continue to root out corruption at all levels. I thank the State Police for their work on this case.”
Fleury was in charge of collecting fine money and depositing it into the court bank account. Auditors and investigators found that Fleury logged the cash receipts, but failed to deposit more than $5,400. The alleged larceny occurred from April 2014 to May 2015. Most of the funds were taken when the other court clerk, Fleury’s mother, was on sick leave, investigators found.
Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse. 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 protected], or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.
Review prior cases at http://www.osc.state.ny.us/investigations/index.htm.