Former school administrator arrested for forgery

WARRENSBURG - Michael A. Kelly, 59, business manager of the Warrensburg Central School District for more than three decades, was arrested Thursday on felony charges he illegally changed documents describing his health care benefits to be paid by the school.

Police said Kelly altered his employment agreement with Warrensburg Central to state that he received 100 percent insurance coverage in his retirement rather than the 91 percent he had actually negotiated with the District.

Police say Kelly wrote the initials "R.M." beside the change he made to appear that former Superintendent of Schools Roger McQuain had endorsed the change.

Arraigned in the Warrensburg Town Court June 24 before Town Justice Richard Nissen, Kelly was charged with second-degree Forgery and first-degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing. He was released on his own recognizance.

Police said the situation was uncovered when Kelly's successor Kevin Polunci arranged with regional BOCES this Spring for an audit, which ended up indicating Kelly had not paid his 9 percent portion of health insurance premiums for 2007, 2008, and 2009 - and he owed the District $2,538.

The District sent Kelly a bill for the money, and Kelly responded in a note that during the 2002-03 school year, he was granted 100 percent health insurance coverage in an executive session.

Attached to his note was a page from his employment agreement that had language crossed out and new language was written in, accompanied by McQuain's initials, police said.

Kelly then e-mailed Polunci, asking him to take care of the matter by using his 400 accrued unused sick days to pay for the shortfall, according to a statement signed by a school official. In a note to the school, Kelly stated his contract was amended in 2002-03 in executive session and Roger McQuain initialed the amendment.

The school responded with a letter to Kelly that there was no record of such an amendment.

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