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Port Henry village clerk charged with larceny

PORT HENRY Port Henry Clerk Barbara Tesar was arrested March 27 for allegedly stealing money from village coffers. Tesar, 44, of Port Henry was taken into custody by the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation at the Westport station and charged with the felonies of third-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records. Police said the grand larceny charge specifies theft of more than $3,000 and less than $50,000. Arraigned before Elizabethtown Town Justice William Garrison, she was released on her own recognizance on the recommendation of the Essex County District Attorneys office. The next step is for the State Comptroller's Office to do a forensic audit of village books to try to determine the exact amount of money missing. The State Police Financial Crimes Unit will also assist in the inquiry. Police said Village Mayor Ruth McDonough first contacted them several weeks ago with information that money was missing from village cash receipts handled by Tesar. McDonough, who leaves office April 2, refused comment, citing the ongoing investigation.

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