Comptroller: Pharsalia supervisor stole $123K, spent on trips and handbags

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PHARSALIA, N.Y. (WBNG) — Trips, designer handbags, and liquor are among the items a supervisor in Chenango County is accused of buying with more than $123,000 in town funds.

Town of Pharsalia Supervisor Dennis Brown, 70, is charged with grand larceny in the second degree, scheme to defraud, defrauding the government, corrupting the government and public corruption, according to the office of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

According to Dinapoli, Brown spent $123,273 with a town credit card to fund his lifestyle since 2010.

The comptroller claims that Brown used the money to pay his home telephone, internet, and electric bills. On top of that, Brown is accused of spending money on vacations to Myrtle Beach and New York City, PayPal, Amazon, iTunes, liquor, designer handbags, and even cooking classes.

DiNapoli says the investigation into Brown’s purchases began after a 2018 audit.

“Since 2010, Mr. Brown allegedly cheated his neighbors out of over a hundred thousand dollars by using public funds for his pleasure and daily expenses,” State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said in a release on the comptroller’s website. “Taxpayers cannot tolerate the theft of public monies and deserve better from their public officials. I thank the State Police Special Investigations Unit in Binghamton for their diligent work and partnership on this case.”

12 News called the home phone number listed on Chenango County’s website, but no one picked up. An email to the town has not yet been answered.

Brown is listed on two county standing committees: the finance committee and the public works committee, of which he is the chair.

David Hermanovitch

David Hermanovitch

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