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BELMONT – The former Almond town clerk was charged with two felonies in connection with the disappearance of $3,785 during her tenure, State Police announced today.

Maureen E. Haynes, 64, was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records. Her arrest stems from an investigation into missing funds detected during an audit last year by the state Comptroller’s Office.

In November, the Comptroller’s Office reported that the clerk failed to adequately record receipts and deposits, and could not provide reasonable explanations for differences between her collection records and bank deposits. The audit covered the period from Jan. 1, 2010 to June 7, 2013.

Haynes resigned last March as town clerk/tax collector. Town Supervisor Richard Stuart later said Haynes had paid restitution.

Her arrest was the result of an investigation by the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office and State Police in Amity.

State Police said Haynes was released on tickets to appear Feb. 10 in Almond Town Court.