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DiNapoli: Former Town Clerk Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $4,000 From Town of Lincoln

February 2, 2024

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, Chenango County District Attorney Michael Ferrarese, and the New York State Police today announced the plea and sentence of Amy Becker, former Clerk for the Town of Lincoln, for stealing nearly $4,000 from the Town. The plea was the result of a joint investigation between Comptroller DiNapoli’s Office, the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Police. As part of the plea agreement she paid full restitution in the amount of $3,869.

“Ms. Becker abused her position by taking funds paid to her town and making them her own,” DiNapoli said. “Those in public service have a responsibility to act in taxpayers’ interests, not line their own pockets. I thank District Attorney Ferrarese and the New York State Police for their partnership in making sure she will be held accountable.”

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven G. James said, “Ms. Becker abused her position in a place of trust to concoct a devious scheme and steal funds from the town. The New York State Police will not tolerate those who misuse their position as a public servant to profit at the expense of taxpayers. I commend our State Police investigators for their outstanding work and thank the Comptroller’s Office and the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office for their partnership in solving this case.”

Becker, 54, pled guilty to petit larceny. She served as the town clerk of Lincoln from 2018 to 2022. During that time, she accepted payments for the town, including fees for marriage licenses, death certificates, and the dog pound, and was responsible for recording and depositing all funds.

During an audit of the town, DiNapoli’s office found a cash shortage. An ensuing investigation found that Becker failed to report $3,869 in cash deposits and, instead, embezzled the money for her personal use.

Becker pleaded guilty before Judge Stephanie Palmer in the Town of Lenox Court. She was ordered to, and paid, full restitution in the amount of $3,869 and received a one year conditional discharge.

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, or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 8th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.