State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, St. Lawrence County District Attorney Gary Pasqua and the New York State Police today announced that Nancy Berger, 55, formerly the Clerk/Treasurer of the Village of Norwood, pleaded guilty to grand larceny in the second degree for stealing $73,725 from the village.
“Nancy Berger treated the village as her personal bank account and abused the public’s trust,” DiNapoli said. “I thank District Attorney Pasqua and the New York State Police for their partnership. Justice is now served on behalf of Norwood residents.”
Berger stole the funds between 2018 and 2022 by writing village checks to herself. Her theft was initially uncovered by the village and she resigned from her position shortly after in June 2022. Berger was appointed Clerk/Treasurer in January 2017.
She pleaded guilty before Judge Gregory P. Storie in St. Lawrence County Court. She is due back in court for sentencing on May 31st and full restitution of $73,725 is anticipated.
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 https://www.osc.state.ny.us/investigations, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.