Exec Charged In $400,000 CU Embezzlement

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CORINTH, N.Y. – A former executive at Hudson River Community CU was charged yesterday with stealing more than $400,000 from the credit union over four years.

Jason LaPierre, a pastor at River Church in Kingsbury, who served as director of marketing, then of human resources, is charged with second-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsifying business records, both felonies. He was arrested Wednesday by state police.

LaPierre, 35, is accused of writing himself hundreds of personal checks while working at the credit union in order to deposit them in an account at a bank. The thefts were discovered last year after several suspicious checks were noted by bank officials and an audit was conducted, authorities said.

Police believe at least $406,000 was taken over the course of his employment, although a more complete audit is being conducted now.

LaPierre worked for the credit union from 2006 to December 2010, when he was fired.


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