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Volunteer ambulance bookkeeper charged with stealing $163k

The 49-year-old woman is accused of misappropriating the money for personal use over a two-year period

The Democrat & Chronicle

SENECA COUNTY, N.Y. — The bookkeeper of the South Seneca Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of more than $163,000 from the organization for personal use, according to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.

Angel J. Lawrence, 49, of Main Street in Willard was charged with one count each of second-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and second-degree falsifying business records. Each offense is a felony. It is alleged Lawrence misappropriated $163,849 for her personal use while working as bookkeper for about two years ending this June.

Lawrence was arraigned in Fayette town court and held at the Seneca County jail on $2,500 cash bail or $5,000 bond. She is due back in court Tuesday.

Full story: Ambulance corps bookkeeper charged in theft

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Di McMurtrey Di McMurtrey Monday, July 28, 2014 7:47:21 PM I am a CPA as well as an EMT, I just don't understand how they think they can get away with this sort of thing. It's really just too easy to catch them.
Tracey Callahan Burnett Tracey Callahan Burnett Monday, July 28, 2014 8:20:37 PM Many actually DO get away with it...whether due to sloppy bookkeeping, ignorance, collusion or embarrassment...many private volunteer departments do not pursue missing funds...many don't even have adequate checks and balances or cash handling procedures. Many are still the personal piggy banks of a select few and are surrounded by cronies who pencil whip the sign offs and pass the leadership positions around between each other like ping pong balls. By the time anyone "new" gets familiar with the workings of the previous administration, they too, often ignore the issues and move on like nothing happened...
Drew Croy Drew Croy Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:00:22 AM That is about equal to two full time responders per year.

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