BATH - Former Savona mayor Gregge Harrian pleaded not guilty in Bath Village Court Wednesday to a handful of charges resulting from alleged mismanagement of village funds during his term, according to the Bath Village Justice office.

Harrian was charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and two counts of first-degree falsifying business records. Both charges are class E felonies and are punishable by up to four years in prison.

Harrian has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Sept. 12. He was first arrested and charged with one count of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, in August 2016.

The charges against Harrian stem from alleged misappropriation of thousands of dollars in Savona village funds for multiple unauthorized and personal transactions over several years, according to village officials and state documents.

According to an audit conducted by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s office in 2016, “the [former] Mayor used the Village credit card to make personal purchases of cigarettes, soda and food and submitted unsupported and inaccurate mileage and purchase reimbursement claims in an attempt to offset these inappropriate purchases.”

The report stated that between June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2015 “the [former] Mayor made 224 credit card purchases totaling $27,051 and that 180 purchases (80 percent) totaling $6,317 lacked supporting documentation, such as an itemized receipt,” while 13 mileage reimbursement claims submitted allegedly “lacked adequate support, such as the date and time of travel, the purpose of the travel, the place of departure and destination.”

The report said it identified approximately $25,000 in “questionable costs.”

Harrian was Mayor of Savona from June 2009 to June 2016. His wife, Susette Harrian, served as clerk-treasurer from October 2006 to January 2018, according to village officials.

According to the Bath Village Justice office, Gregge Harrian now lives in South Carolina.