SHERMAN, NY (WNY News Now) – A former Sherman Treasurer is facing felony charges after allegedly stealing more than $20,000 in cash from the Village of Sherman.
The New York State Comptroller, Chautauqua County District Attorney and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office charged 54-year-old Ann Gilbert, who now resides in Florida, with third-degree grand larceny.
“This is not a victimless crime,” said District Attorney Jason Schmidt in a statement. “The Village of Sherman, like many of our local municipalities here in Chautauqua County, is engaged in an every-day battle to service its residents with precious little money. Every dollar stolen is a dollar not spent on the community. No one should use their public office for personal gain.”
Gilbert allegedly embezzled village funds to pay for her personal utility bills and purchases from QVC, Dollar General, Walmart, Amazon and Pampered Chef.
To conceal her alleged crimes, she stopped recording cash village tax payments and, instead, pocketed the money.
After the Village of Sherman’s Mayor discovered Gilbert’s actions, she reported them to the State Comptroller and the District Attorney who commenced an investigation.
Gilbert was the village treasurer from June 2007 until August 2016.