Saratoga County

New information brings new prosecutor in Thompson probe

Three months after one special prosecutor closed her invetsigation of former Milton town Supervisor
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Three months after one special prosecutor closed her investigation of former town Supervisor Frank Thompson, another special prosecutor is looking into new information brought to authorities.

Paul Clyne confirmed today that he was given information about Thompson that recently was brought to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office, where prosecutors wouldn’t investigate it because of a potential conflict of interest. As supervisor until Dec. 31, Thompson headed the county’s Law and Finance Committee, which controls the budget and staffing for the district attorney’s office.

Clyne was appointed Jan. 4 to study the new information and was given the authorization to bring a case to the grand jury if he decides it’s warranted.

Clyne is a retired Albany County district attorney who is often called in on cases where there’s a conflict of interest in the Saratoga County District Attorney’s Office.

Reached by phone Thursday, Thompson said he hadn’t been told there was more information submitted to authorities about him and didn’t know what it might be.

Authorities looked at Thompson after his wife, Deborah, was charged in April with stealing more than $30,000 from an elderly woman for whom she was a guardian. But special prosecutor Louise Sira, the Fulton County district attorney, found no evidence that Frank Thompson knew about his wife’s illegal activities.

Deborah Thompson pleaded guilty in August in Saratoga County Court to third-degree grand larceny.

Frank Thompson has said he has been estranged from his wife for years and although the two share an address, they don’t speak to each other.

After his wife was charged, Thompson ran for re-election as supervisor, but was shut out of the Republican party endorsement; the party backed Dan Lewza, who won a September primary against Thompson and took over the office Jan. 1.

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