Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann announced on Thursday that Springport Town Clerk Deborah Waldron on Wednesday pled guilty in the Aurelius Town Court to Official Misconduct and Attempted Computer Trespass. Waldron admitted to charges that she falsified records and submitted them to the New York State Retirement System by using the computer log-in credentials of another Town employee without the employee’s permission.
The crimes were discovered by town officials who referred the case to the state Comptroller’s office. Investigators from the Comptroller’s office and the State Police performed an audit that revealed that from 2010 through September 2015, Waldron repeatedly submitted records to the retirement system that falsely indicated she had worked full-time hours, when in fact, she only worked part-time hours. Had the fraud not been discovered, upon retirement Waldron would have received substantially greater pension payments than she would be properly entitled to based on her part-time status.
Cayuga County DA Budelmann said in a statement, “This prosecution shows that there will be consequences for public officials who abuse their office to benefit themselves. I want to thank the vigilant officials who discovered and referred this matter to us.”
Waldron was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay fines and surcharges totaling $755. Pursuant to the plea agreement, Waldron is required to submit her resignation from office by the close of business Friday, September 1.