- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A former New York state employee is accused of stealing nearly $25,000 from trust funds held for Cayuga Indian Nation children.

Kim Thomas of the Buffalo suburb of Getzville pleaded not guilty in City Court Tuesday to a charge of grand larceny.

Authorities say she was employed as a Native American Affairs Specialist and was director of Native American Services for the state Office of Children and Family Services when the alleged thefts occurred over a seven-year period beginning in 2007.

The state Inspector General’s office says Thomas took money from 15 trust fund accounts that she was in charge of administering for Cayuga Nation minors.

Reached by phone at her home, the 56-year-old Thomas said she intends to fight the charges. She says she has retired.

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