Thousands in missing cash from SA reported 2 years later
A reported grand larceny involving several thousand dollars missing from Student Association has raised more questions than answers this week as leaders within the organization say they know nothing of the active investigation.
On Friday Jan. 26, a grand larceny in the third degree was reported to UPD at 10:05 a.m. The larceny was reported to have occurred on July 7, 2016.
The incident first came to light after a review of UPD’s daily crime and incident report for the weekend of Jan. 26 to Jan. 28. UPD denied the Albany Student Press’ request for a copy of the full incident report, saying its release would interfere with the ongoing investigation.
When questioned about the reported larceny on Jan. 29 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Senate Chair Jarrett Altilio said he knew nothing of the reported incident and was unaware such a report had been filed.
During the public comment period of the SA’s weekly meeting last Wednesday, the Albany Student Press asked members of SA whether they were aware of the reported larceny.
Nearly all of the 40 senators and 16 members of the executive cabinet in attendance said they were hearing about the incident for the first time.
SA President Jerlisa Fontaine said she was aware of an active investigation by UPD but knew nothing regarding the nature of the investigation.
“Anything that’s under investigation is responsible by UPD,” said Fontaine, who later said she was notified of the ongoing investigation on Friday Jan. 26, the same day the initial report was filed.
When pressed if any discrepancies have been found in the organization’s latest audit, SA Comptroller Nicholas Hacksaw replied, “no comment.”
UPD Chief Wiley declined comment for this story saying in a statement, “The investigation is ongoing and information in the report could compromise the criminal investigation.”
According to section 155.35 of New York State penal code, a charge of grand larceny in the third degree is a class-D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison. Such a charge is leveled when the property value stolen exceeds $3000.