- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say the chairman of a Hudson Valley fire district’s board of fire commissioners stole nearly $240,000 from the district over a three-year span.

Ulster County and state officials said Monday that 38-year-old Michael Denardo is charged with grand larceny, falsifying business records and money laundering.

Authorities say he convinced a fellow member of the Wallkill Board of Fire Commissioners to co-sign blank checks. The Wallkill resident would then allegedly write the checks out to his wife and cash them for personal use. His wife hasn’t been charged.

He’s been suspended from his job as a corrections officer at the Shawangunk Correctional Facility.

He was arraigned and released after posting $100,000 bail.

Denardo’s lawyer, Jesse Squier, didn’t comment on the charges to the Times Herald-Record.

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