Former Speculator village clerk-treasurer Bonnie Page was charged with grand larceny and corrupting the government for allegedly scamming the village out of $25,988 for health insurance benefits for her family, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today.
Page is charged with using her official position to have the village pay $25,988 for optional insurance coverage for her family without permission, and without making this benefit available for all village employees. Page allegedly hid these payments from the Village Board to conceal her actions. She retired from the village on June 1, 2019.
“Ms. Page allegedly abused her position to create her own health insurance benefit at village and taxpayer expense,” DiNapoli said. “I thank the New York State Police and Hamilton County District Attorney Christopher C. Shambo for working with my office to hold her accountable and send a message to those who consider using their position for their personal gain.”
Page was arraigned on Feb. 25 before Judge Gordon L. Purdy II. She is due back at the Lake Pleasant Town Court on April 28, 2020.
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, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.