MONTEREY | A former Monterey Volunteer Fire Department chief accused of stealing from the organization has pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny.
Larry States, 41, is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the department along with his wife, Kimberly States, 46, who was the department's treasurer.
Larry States faces up to seven years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 23, 2014, according to the Schuyler County District Attorney's Office.
Kimberly States pleaded guilty previously and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5.
The two were charged in January after an audit by the New York State Comptroller's Office showed red flags in the department's finances.
"My auditors and investigators teamed with Schuyler County District Attorney Fazzary and the New York State Police to hold this individual responsible for stealing taxpayer funds and violating his duties as a public servant," Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a statement Thursday. "The message is clear: If you steal public money we will catch you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
The thefts, which allegedly took place over a five-year period, left the fire department nearly bankrupt.