Ex-NY fire co. treasurer admits $221K theft

Posted at: 01/17/2013 9:20 AM
Updated at: 01/17/2013 11:02 AM
By: AP

WOODSTOCK, N.Y. (AP) - The former treasurer for an Ulster County fire company has admitted to embezzling more than $220,000 from the organization over a five-year period.

Local media outlets report that 64-year-old attorney Dale Hughes entered his guilty plea Wednesday in Ulster County Court.

Hughes, a former member of the Woodstock Town Board, was charged in October after an audit by the state Comptroller's Office determined that Hughes stole $221,000 from the Woodstock Fire Company No. 3 from 2006 to 2011.

Officials said Hughes endorsed checks worth $200,000 payable to cash and pocketed $21,000 more in pancake breakfast proceeds. The thefts were discovered in May 2011 when a $10,000 check for a garage bay bounced.

Officials say Hughes paid back $170,000. He could face up to 15 years in state prison when he's sentenced March 13.

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