Chevelle Dubois, 36, accused of stealing money over a three-year period
Chevelle Dubois, 36, accused of embezzling over $13,000 from payments made by Freeport residents. Photo NCPD.
(Long Island, NY) A cashier for the Village of Freeport stands accused of embezzling over $13,000 from payments made by residents to the municipality over the course of three years, according to authorities.
Chevelle Dubois, 36, was arrested after allegedly receiving payments from Freeport residents for utilities such as water and electric bills over a three year period, keeping the money, and creating fraudulent computerized records of the transactions to cover her tracks, reports said.
Dubois reportedly altered the files of each resident who had paid her to reflect that a false refund had been issued; she then used the stolen funds to replenish the accounts she had stolen from each previous day. By the time she was fired in June, Dubois had allegedly robbed over $5,000 from 22 accounts. In addition, her cash drawer was missing another $8,000 for a total of $13,000 in missing funds from the Village of Freeport.
The complex scheme was finally discovered when a Freeport resident had received a default notice on a utility bill, even though they possessed a receipt proving they had paid it.
Dubois was arraigned on Wednesday at Nassau County, where she pleaded not guilty to charges of grand larceny, defrauding the government, falsifying business records, and official misconduct. She is due back in court on September 18 and is currently out of custody without bail.
Dubois could receive up to seven years in jail if convicted.