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June 13, 2013

Accused embezzler pleads to misdemeanor charges

SARANAC — A former Saranac Central School Booster Club treasurer, who police say admitted to embezzling more than $20,000 from the club, has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Deborah A. Perry, 52, of Saranac was originally charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, both felonies.

She was arrested on March 28.

In Saranac Town Court on Monday evening, she pleaded guilty to two counts of petit larceny, a misdemeanor, according to a court official.

In total, she paid between $16,000 and $17,000 in restitution, the court said, including a final $1,000 she turned over during the court session.

She also paid $500 in fines.

Fines and restitution were paid in full, closing Perry’s case, the court said.

The Booster Club contacted New York State Police in January after a discrepancy in their account records was discovered, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Trevor Giroux previously told the Press-Republican.

Giroux said Perry told him she had been taking money from the Booster Club for her own personal use since the early part of 2008.

Perry had been the club treasurer since 1996.

A KeyBank account that Perry had told the club she deposited money in did not exist, Giroux said.

Perry did not return messages left by the Press-Republican.

Mary King, president of the Saranac Central School Booster Club, could not be reached for comment.

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