March 29, 2013

Booster Club treasurer admits embezzlement


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PLATTSBURGH — The treasurer of the Saranac Central School Booster Club admitted to stealing an excess of $20,000 from the club’s accounts, police said.

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

The Booster Club filed a complaint with police in January that led to Perry’s arrest on Thursday, said New York State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Trevor Giroux.

In an interview with Giroux earlier this week, Perry admitted stealing funds from the club for her own personal use, he said.

She said she starting taking the money in the early part of 2008, Giroux said.

Perry has been the club treasurer since 1996.

The president of the Booster Club discovered that the KeyBank account into which Perry had reported she deposited the Booster Club money did not exist, Giroux said.

She is in the process of repaying the money to the organization, State Police said in a press release.

Jaime Everleth, secretary of the Saranac Central School Booster Club, declined to comment on how the theft has affected the organization.

She did say that the Booster Club members were aware of the situation.

The Clinton County District Attorney’s Office is assisting State Police in the continuing investigation.

Perry was released on an appearance ticket for Saranac Town Court for 7 p.m. Monday.

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