Former clerk facing scam charges

SPECULATOR — The former village clerk-treasurer is facing felony charges after allegedly scamming the village out of $25,988 for health insurance benefits for her family, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced in a news release.

On Monday, state police charged Bonnie L. Page, 59, with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and second-degree corrupting the government.

According to DiNapoli’s office, 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 Tuesday before Judge Gordon L. Purdy II. She is due back at the Lake Pleasant Town Court on April 28.

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.

By Josh Bovee

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