Town clerk charged with embezzlement

Jolene Roy

In early January 2019 State Police at Middletown were contacted by officials in the Orange County town of Crawford regarding irregularities with the books and accounts within the Town Clerk’s office. After an extensive investigation, investigators allege that approximately $20,000 had been stolen by Town Clerk Jolene Roy, 44, of Pine Bush. Roy has held the elected position since 2014.

Roy was charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree tampering with public records, both felonies. She was additionally charged with second-degree falsifying business records, a misdemeanor.  She was arraigned in the Town of Wallkill Court and released on her own recognizance.  State Police were assisted by the New York State Comptroller’s Office and the Town of Crawford Police Dept.