HUDSON — A Columbia County Department of Social Services employee was charged with grand larceny in connection with stolen funds, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
Pamela A. Hallenbeck, of Hudson, was charged Friday with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony. She was taken into custody by deputies at about 1 p.m, according to the sheriff’s office.
Hallenbeck is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from a employee club that organizes events for Social Services staff, according to the sheriff’s office.
Pamela Hallenbeck is the wife of former Hudson Mayor William Hallenbeck.
The alleged theft was discovered after an audit and a month-long investigation by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.
Hallenbeck was the treasurer of the Sunshine Club, an employee social club, according to the sheriff’s office.
The funds, primarily raised by, and used for, employee events, were allegedly stolen from the club. These were not public funds nor were they funds that belonged to the Department of Social Services, according to the sheriff’s office.
A fellow employee reported the funds missing to police, according to the sheriff’s office.
Greene County District Attorney Joseph Stanzione will prosecute the case.
Hallenbeck was placed on administrative leave from the Department of Social Services at the start of the investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.
It is unclear if Hallenbeck remains an employee of the Columbia County Department of Social Services. Department representatives could not be reached by phone for comment late Friday.
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