Rodriguez charged with third degree grand larceny

MORIAH The treasurer for Moriah Ambulance Squad has been charged with stealing money from the volunteer organization. Rebecca A. Rodriguez, 37, of 17 Wasson St., Witherbee, has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and first-degree falsifying business records. An investigation by Moriah Town Police and the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation revealed that $9,600 was missing from the rescue squads treasury. Squad Captain Neil A. Dupee notified police there were discrepancies with the squads checking account. Police said Rodriguez was serving as the squads acting treasurer when she cashed three checks totaling $9,600 from the squads account. She then allegedly altered the squads checking account ledger in an attempt to conceal the withdrawals, and forged another members signature to checks. Police said more than $6,000 has been recovered. Rodriguez was arraigned before Moriah Town Justice Brian Venne and released on her own recognizance. Rodriguez has been suspended from the Moriah Ambulance Squad. The missing funds first came to light the bank manager at the Port Henry Branch of Glens Falls National Bank noticed unusual activity on the squads account, police said.

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