Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Former Castile Town Clerk headed to prison


Today, the former Castile Town Clerk, Katherine Ryan, age 46, was sentenced before the Hon. Michael F. Griffith as follows:
-Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (D Felony) – An indeterminate sentence of 2-6 years in state prison.

-Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree (D Felony)– an indeterminate sentence of 2-6 years in state prison.
- Official Misconduct (A misdemeanor) – 1 year CD
Note:  All sentences to run concurrent with each other.

The defendant had failed to show up for her original sentencing date on May 11, 2016. Due to her failure to appear the sentencing cap was nullified and the judge had full discretion to sentence her to the max of 4 2/3 to 14 years in state prison.  Ms. Ryan was ordered to pay $36, 281.00 through the Wyoming County Probation Department. Because Ms. Ryan, as are most officials, was bonded, the Town of Castile was made whole by the insurance company and Ms. Ryan will be responsible to make the insurance company whole.
“I am completely satisfied with the outcome of this case.  I believe we are setting the standard for holding people like Ms. Ryan accountable for their actions.  For far too long people in Ms. Ryan’s position have been treated with kid gloves.  The public is tired of corrupt government officials and the message that is continuing to be sent by my office and now the court system is that this behavior will not be tolerated. These cases are not easy and they do not end successfully without the hard work of many individuals across many different agencies.  Today, the hard work of former Town Supervisor Stephen Tarbell, the Unified Court System internal audit staff and investigators, the New York State Police, the Department of Environmental Conservation and the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office has brought about a just result,” said Wyoming County District Attorney Donald G. O’Geen.

Recently in Wyoming County Court before the Hon. Michael F. Griffith, Katherine Ryan, the former Town of Castile Court Clerk pleaded guilty to Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree, a class D felony, Tampering with Public Records in the 1st Degree, a class D felony, and Official Misconduct.  During the plea Ms. Ryan admitted that she stole court funds between January 1, 2009 and December 23, 2013 in amount totaling $36,741.00. She also admitted to failing to perform her official duties by stealing the funds and by altering and deleting court records during that same time period.  Based upon her plea she faces a maximum sentence of 2 1/3 to 7 years in state prison.  Ms. Ryan’s sentencing is scheduled for May 10, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
“I again want to thank Supervisor Steve Tarbell, the NYS State Unified Court System’s Internal Audit Service team and the New York State Police for their outstanding efforts in putting this investigation together.  These kinds of financial crimes continue to increase in public and private institutions across the state.  This case serves as a reminder to have a real system of checks and balances in place so that one person cannot perpetuate a crime of this magnitude.  One way to stop people from thinking they can steal from the public coffers is to hold them responsible for their actions.  The consequences have to be real in order for the deterrent to have the desired effect and we hope that her sentence and the sentences of others here in Wyoming County send a real message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated”, said District Attorney Donald O’Geen.