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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Corning: Ex-leader admits stealing from VFW

  • A Corning man pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 4, to stealing thousands of dollars from the Corning Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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  • A Corning man pleaded guilty Monday, Feb. 4, to stealing thousands of dollars from the Corning Veterans of Foreign Wars.
    Edward C. Bassett, 63, of Dyke Road, pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny, a class D felony, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony, according to the Steuben County Court Clerk’s Office.
    Bassett was accused of stealing thousands of dollars from games of chance he ran at the VFW Post 524 on Baker Street in Corning. He is a longtime member and former commander of the Corning VFW Post.
    The clerk’s office didn’t say how much money Bassett allegedly stole, but the third-degree grand larceny charge indicates an amount between $3,000 and $50,000.
    Corning Police Lt. Jeff Spaulding said city police and the New York State Racing and Wagering Board began investigating in January 2011 after receiving a complaint from a VFW member.
    The case against Bassett was prosecuted by the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office because Brooks Baker worked as a lawyer for Bassett before being elected Steuben district attorney.
    Bassett will appear in Steuben County Court at 9 a.m. April 8 in front of Steuben County Judge Marianne Furfure for sentencing.
    Spaulding said Bassett also served as Planning Board clerk for the Town of Hornby, but recently resigned.

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