NY cemetery chief accused of $2M embezzlement

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general has accused the former acting president of the nonprofit United Hebrew Cemetery on Staten Island of embezzling $2 million.

Authorities allege 54-year-old Timothy Griffin of Ridgefield, Conn., made six unauthorized wire transfers to his own attorney escrow account from October 2012 through last month.

Griffin pleaded not guilty to grand larceny charges Monday in state court. Bail was set at $250,000 cash.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says Griffin, former outside counsel to the cemetery, was appointed acting president after its former administrator and president were accused of embezzling more than $850,000 in a prior investigation by his office.

A call to Griffin’s attorney wasn’t immediately returned Monday.

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