Former mayor facing felony charges for fraud
SAVONA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The former Mayor of Savona is facing a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges after being arraigned in Steuben County on Wednesday, after being accused of stealing from the village he once served.
According to the New York State Comptroller's Office, Gregge Harrian is facing five counts of offering a false instrument and five counts falsifying business records. Harrian is accused of submitting false paperwork and records to the village, in order to get money to pay for personal expenses.
The Comptroller's Office says a second, unnamed defendant was also indicted, accused of helping Harrian. Additionally, in an earlier audit, the Comptroller's Office says Harrian approved more than $20,000 in pay for unsubstantiated claims of work for his wife. She was also the village clerk and treasurer.
Her position, according to officials, was also in violation of village policy.