Upstate New York Independent Public Employees Treasurer Arrested

On December 10, the Tioga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Amy Wales, treasurer of the Owego-Apalachin Employees Association, for embezzling funds from the Owego (near Binghamton), N.Y. independent union. Wales, 45, a longtime secretary in the athletic department of the local public school system, allegedly used her union position as a license to steal more than $51,000 from the union during June 2012-June 2013. Following her arrest, she was charged with grand larceny in Village of Owego Court and released on her own recognizance. The actions follow a complaint by the union president and a subsequent three-month sheriff’s investigation.