PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- The Brewster trustee arrested Tuesday for grand larceny never had access to any of the village's finances, Brewster's Board of Trustees said in a statement Wednesday.
Erin Meagher, 26, who also served as the CEO of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce, was charged with grand larceny in the fourth degree, a Class E felony, for allegedly using chamber funds for her own personal use.
Brewster's Board of Trustees said in a statement that it "is aware of the allegations against Trustee Erin Meagher regarding her position with the Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce.
"However, the residents of the Village of Brewster can rest assured that as an individual trustee, Ms. Meagher was never in control of any Village finances, and had no expense account of any kind through the village.
"Any and all financial decisions of the Village, including expenditures, must be approved by the Board of Trustees.
"Further, there are audits and controls in place to ensure that the Village Budget is adhered to in all respects. The Board of Trustees will continue to monitor the situation, and will keep the public informed as to how this may impact her position as trustee."
No dollar amount for the larceny was released by authorities. Fourth-degree grand larceny is defined as stealing more than $1,000 in money or property.
The chamber claims Meagher, a Brewster resident, used her chamber debit card as her own personal slush fund to purchase jewelry, dresses, Kate Spade handbags and Ivanka Trump shoes. The chamber terminated her employment Tuesday.
"She even flaunted her ill-gotten apparel at chamber and community events," Joseph Tock, chamber counsel said in a statement. "She fabricated false and fraudulent invoices from Amazon in an attempt to deceive the Board of Directors. It is disheartening that she has stolen from the more than 390 Chamber members and has shattered the trust of our community."
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