The treasurer of a Genesee County fire department was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with stealing nearly $50,000 to help pay his personal bills.
Dennis Snow, 61, treasurer of the Le Roy Fire Department, was charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of falsifying business records and 42 counts of forgery after an audit and investigation by the State Comptroller’s Office.
“This individual blatantly abused his position and went on a spending spree with public money,” Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said in announcing the arrest.
“It is alarming that my office continues to uncover instances such as this where local officials misuse their office for their personal benefit,” DiNapoli said in a prepared statement.
DiNapoli commended the Village of Le Roy Police Department and the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office for working with the Comptroller’s Office to make the arrest.
Snow is due back in court Aug. 13.
DiNapoli’s staff spotted problems with the Fire Department’s books during an audit. The Comptroller’s Office accused Snow of making unauthorized transfers, withdrawals and deposits from the department’s account, as well as from the firemen’s benevolent association.
Snow used the money to pay his personal bills, DiNapoli said, and admitted that he forged signatures of the required co-signers.
Snow has served as treasurer for about 20 years, according to the Comptroller’s Office. The thefts are alleged to go back as far as 2004.
The charges will be explained in more detail once the information is released next month.
DiNapoli, meanwhile, encourages residents to report allegations of taxpayer fraud by calling the toll-free fraud hotline at (888) 672-4555; filing a complaint online at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mailing a complaint to Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236.