Canandaigua, N.Y. (WHAM) - The former treasurer for the Citizens Hose Fire Company in Ontario County is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from the fire company.
Wendy Wharton, 53, was arrested after deputies say she stole the money. The Citizens Hose Fire Company serves people living in Shortsville, as well as parts of the towns of Manchester, Hopewell, and Farmington.
Wharton allegedly took the money using cash withdrawals and advances from the fire company's credit and debit cards. She then used the money to gamble at casinos in the Finger Lakes region, central New York and Las Vegas.
The alleged thefts were discovered in an audit by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and investigation by Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero.
Ontario County District Attorney James Ritts is prosecuting her case.
“We will take any allegations of larceny from first responders and volunteer fire departments very seriously,” Ritts said. “We will continue to aggressively investigate these cases to bring justice to those who take money from these volunteer firefighters.”
Wharton is scheduled to return to Canandaigua City Court on April 18.