Kirkland Art Center worker accused of stealing

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VILLAGE OF CLINTON — An employee at the Kirkland Art Center is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the organization by using an online PayPal account as her own personal piggy bank, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Jennifer K. Walker, 47, of New Hartford, opened a PayPal bank account in the name of the not-for-profit Kirkland Art Center several years ago, which took in funds for the organization, the sheriff’s department investigators said.

Over the course of several years, investigators said Walker made numerous personal transactions using that money, spending thousands of dollars on herself, the law enforcement officials added.

The Kirkland Art Center notified the Sheriff’s Office in October 2017, and Walker was taken into custody this morning following a year-long investigation, the authorities said.

Walker is charged with one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, deputies said.

She was released on an appearance ticket to answer the charges in Kirkland Town Court on Oct. 30, the law enforcers added.

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