Attorney General Cuomo Announces Former Town Of Denmark Official Arrested For Grand Larceny

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 10, 2009) - Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the arrest of a former Supervisor for the Town of Denmark, Lewis County, on charges he stole money from the Town.

Daniel Hurlburt, 62, of East Road in Lowville, was arraigned before Town Judge John Youngs in Lowville Town Court, for Grand Larceny in the third degree (class D felony) and Official Misconduct (class A misdemeanor). He faces a maximum penalty of seven years in state prison. He was released on his own recognizance.

“New Yorkers deserve the absolute best from our elected officials and any allegations of public corruption, especially those that involve missing taxpayer dollars, will be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted by my office,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “We will continue to hold public servants accountable to the people, and work to combat corruption across all levels of government.”

According to the complaint, a comptroller’s audit of the town revealed that between April 2001 and December 2004 Hurlburt used his position as Town Supervisor to write 14 checks to himself from the town’s general fund account. Records show that all the checks were then deposited into Hurlburt’s personal account at Community Bank in Carthage, NY. Hurlburt was not authorized to issue the checks nor did he have permission or the authority to take money from the Town of Denmark.

The case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Andrew Heffner with assistance from Investigator Tom Wolf under the supervision of Deputy Bureau Chief Monica Stamm of the Public Integrity Bureau and Special Deputy Attorney General for Public Integrity Ellen Biben.