Springport Town Clerk pleads guilty to official misconduct after manipulating retirement system

The Springport Town Clerk accused of falsifying records has pleaded guilty in Aurlius Town Court.

Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann said that Deborah Waldron pleaded guilty in the Aurelius Town Court to Official Misconduct and Attempted Computer Trespass.

Waldron, the elected Springport Town Clerk, admitted to charges that she falsified records and submitted them to the NYS Retirement System and did so using the computer log-in credentials of another Town employee without the employee’s permission.

The crimes were discovered by town officials who referred the case to the NYS Comptroller’s Office.

The Comptroller’s Office performed an audit that revealed that from 2010 through September 2015, Waldron repeatedly submitted records to the Retirement System that falsely indicated she had worked full-time hours, when in fact, she only worked part-time hours.

Had the fraud not been discovered, upon retirement Waldron would have received substantially greater pension payments than she would be properly entitled to based on her part-time status.

Upon pleading guilty, Waldron was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines and surcharges totaling $755. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Waldron is required to submit her resignation from office by the close of business Friday, September 1, 2017.

The New York State Police and NYS Comptroller’s Office assisted in the investigation.

DA Budelmann added, “This defendant abused the trust of the citizens who elected her. She attempted to pad her pension by falsely claiming to work hours she never actually worked. Had the fraud not been detected, it could have cost the taxpayers thousands.”

He concluded, “This prosecution shows that there will be consequences for public officials who abuse their office to benefit themselves. I want to thank the vigilant officials for ho discovered and referred this matter to us.”

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