The former interim executive director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce has been arrested on a warrant out of Penn Yan Village Court.
35 year old Julie Coleman, Penn Yan, is charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and grand larceny, both felonies, after an investigation revealed she was allegedly in possession of, and cashed, a forged check in the village of Penn Yan. The check, which was in excess of $1,000, was drawn on an account from the Yates County Chamber of Commerce.
Following her arraignment, Coleman was ordered to appear in Penn Yan village court at a later date.
Last November, the Yates County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation into the misappropriation of funds after it was contacted by the Chamber’s Board of Directors. Sheriff Ron Spike told us the investigation would be lengthy because of how challenging financial records can be.
Coleman was appointed interim director in May of 2017 following the sudden passing of longtime President and CEO Mike Linehan three months earlier. She abruptly left the area in November.