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Former Prattsville supervisor indicted for stealing grant money

Nov 11, 2019 12:19 am
The Daily Freeman reports that an indictment unsealed Nov. 7 alleges Prattsville's former town supervisor and another town resident stole tens of thousands of dollars in state grant money from Tropical Storm Irene recovery efforts. Federal prosecutors charged former Supervisor Kory O’Hara, 42, and business owner Stephen Baker, 68, with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and theft concerning a program that received federal funds, according to U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith. O’Hara was also charged with bank fraud and making false statements in a loan application. The Schoharie Creek overflowed its banks during the storms associated with Hurricane Irene in 2011, devasting the town in western Greene County. O’Hara allegedly got $24,915 in grant money from the New York Main Street Program, according to the indictment, through a scam that included false invoices and reimbursed checks. O’Hara and Baker were released Nov. 7 in Albany pending a trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. Read more about this story in the Daily Freeman.