NYS Comptroller Directs Village To Rollout Additional Oversight Following Theft

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BEMUS POINT, NY (WNY News Now) – New York State’s Comptroller is directing a Chautauqua County village to rollout additional oversight of their clerk’s and treasurer’s records after a former official was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 in village funds.

In February 2021, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Office announced charges against 38-year-old Jennifer Jaeger who allegedly wrote village checks to herself using forged signatures of officials and had village officials sign blank checks which she then cashed.

Following an additional probe into the matter, the Comptroller’s Office found that the Board of Trustees did not monitor the Clerk-Treasurer’s work, implement compensating controls, or audit the records as required.

As a result, village officials have agreed to take corrective action and roll out adequate oversight and audits going forward.


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