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Former Chenango County town supervisor sentenced for embezzlement

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(WBNG) -- The New York State Comptroller's Office announced Former Pharsalia Town Supervisor Dennis Brown has been sentenced to prison for embezzlement.

Comptroller DiNapoli said Brown will serve one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to stealing $240,000 in public funds.

Brown has been ordered to pay $240,000 in restitution. As of Sept. 24, Brown has paid $125,000.

DiNapoli's Office said Brown had inflated his salary for at least a decade which padded his income by at least $175,000 illegally. He also used the town credit card to buy groceries, go on vacations, work on his property and more. DiNapoli said the crime was discovered in 2018 in partnership with the New York State Police and the Cortland County District Attorney's Office.

Brown served as the Town of Pharsalia Supervisor for 35 years, making him the longest-serving town supervisor in Chenango County. He lost the election in 2019.

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