BALLSTON SPA — A longtime bookkeeper for the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau faces up to six months in jail, after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $200,000 from the bureau, according to the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office.
As part of the plea deal, prosecutors insisted that Kathryn Price, 57, come up with $200,000 before pleading guilty, and that amount has been paid on her behalf, according to Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen.
Price pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree grand larceny on Wednesday. She is to be sentenced in October by Judge James A. Murphy III.
Price was arrested in December, accused of taking the funds from several bureau bank accounts dating back to early 2015. She did so by forging checks drawn on the accounts and used the money for personal expenses. Prosecutors believe she was simply living beyond her means.
In all, authorities estimated at the time of her arrest that she forged close to 200 checks, amounting to more than $220,000. The thefts were discovered through a bureau internal investigation. The bureau fired Price based on preliminary findings.
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Price also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tax fraud count and must repay $15,000 to the state.
“We worked long and hard on this case to ensure that the moneys that were illegally taken out of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau accounts were returned to them in full,” Heggen said.
The New York State Tax and Finance Department, the state police Financial Crimes Unit and Saratoga Springs Police Department assisted in the case.