A special prosecutor has been named in court proceedings against the former Delhi village clerk, according to Delaware County District Attorney John Hubbard.
Linden Summers, a defense lawyer practicing in Milford, will prosecute the case against Michele C. Barnes, 43, of Walton, according to Hubbard.
Hubbard said he requested the appointment of a special prosecutor because Barnes was also formerly employed by the district attorney’s office under Richard Northrup Jr., who now serves as Delaware County Judge.
Barnes was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with third-degree grand larceny following an investigation by New York State Police and the Office of the New York State Comptroller.
New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the following statement Oct. 3:
“Delhi’s former village clerk Michele Barnes betrayed her colleagues and the public by allegedly writing $4,788 in village checks to herself for her personal use. She now faces grand larceny charges. Thanks to my investigators and auditors and their work with the New York State Police, she will now be held accountable for her actions.”
Village Mayor Richard Maxey said discrepancies in the village’s financial records were discovered during a routine audit by the state comptroller’s office, which notified village officials in June. Barnes tendered her resignation in July.
Additional charges may be pending as the comptroller’s office compiles an official report, according to Maxey.
Barnes pleaded not guilty at her Oct. 1 arraignment in the Delhi Town Court, where she is scheduled to reappear Nov. 19, according to Hubbard.
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