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Town clerk arrested in embezzlement probe

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FRIENDSHIP (WAOW) – A prosecutor says the Town of Rome clerk was arrested in an investigation of an embezzlement involving a $610 utility bill.

Deena Griffin, 53, was arrested on suspicion of theft, forgery and misconduct in office, Adams County District Attorney Tania Bonnett said.

A judge ordered a signature bond for Griffin during a probable cause hearing Thursday and Griffin is to make an initial court appearance Dec. 17, Bonnett said. No charges were filed Thursday.

In a statement of probable cause, Griffin is accused of altering a personal $610 utility bill to make it look like it was stamped for approval by the Town of Rome and issuing a town check to pay it, Bonnett said.

It looks at this point that it is a single offense,” the prosecutor said. “The investigation is continuing.”

The clerk's job in the Town of Rome is an elected position, the sheriff's department said. 

There was no home telephone listing for Griffin and she could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

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