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STATEMENT_Audit Investigation Leads to Arrest


"The investigation, requested by the Erie County Comptroller and this office, has led to the arrest of a former Erie County employee. 

I would like to thank the Offices of the Erie County Sheriff, Erie County District Attorney, and the New York State Comptroller for their assistance in this investigation, as well as the Erie County Comptroller’s Office for their partnership throughout the process.

I have zero tolerance for the misuse or theft of public dollars and for violating the public’s trust in Erie County.  When a public employee seemingly abuses their position in such an irresponsible way, they don’t just steal money, they are robbing the confidence that taxpayers have in their county government.  I and the entire Erie County Clerk’s Office condemn any and all such misconduct.

Upon learning of these allegations, we took immediate steps to review and cease longstanding policies and procedures, dating back decades. New, action-oriented policies and tighter control systems for improved oversight have already been established and implemented. We have also hired a new Finance Deputy who is a Certified Public Accountant and has an extensive background in forensic auditing.                                                                       

In closing, I want to thank my entire staff for their professionalism and continued hard work throughout this difficult process.  From the onset, my staff has worked tirelessly with the Erie County Comptroller’s Office, and all law enforcement entities involved, all while serving the residents of Erie County each and every day, and they are to be commended."

      -Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns

Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns issues statement in regards to the arrest of former county employee pertaining to audit investigation.