Prosecutors: Clerk In LI Village Stole $193,000

PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (AP) — An account clerk for the village of Patchogue faces charges that she embezzled $193,000 from the municipality.

Susan Roach, of Farmingville, pleaded not guilty Friday to forgery and larceny charges.

Suffolk County prosecutors say the 41-year-old bureaucrat concocted a phony invoice scheme to steal money from the village’s fuel account.

Authorities say the fraud took place over three years, and involved 39 checks with forged signatures.

Patchogue’s mayor tells Newsday that he feels “betrayed and angry” by the thefts.

Roach’s lawyer, Raymond Perini, tells the newspaper that his client was embarrassed by the charges.

He wouldn’t comment on what happened to the money, but said if Roach was indeed responsible, it would all be paid back.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Carlos Liriano

    not so easy woody3691, she did something very bad, she took money from all of us taxpayer, she should do some jail time, so other employees dont get the same idea.

  • woody3691

    Well, if his client pleaded not guilty and if she is truly embarrassed by the charges, I feel that that should end the matter. Case closed. Everyone go home.

    • 01608

      If this is truly what you think Woody, I can’t help asking what is ur take?

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