LIVINGSTON COUNTY – A former Mount Morris Central School payroll clerk was arraigned on an indictment Thursday morning for felony theft and tampering charges for allegedly exploiting her access to the school’s payroll system to write herself $1699.62 in checks.
Jennifer Brooks, 44, was indicted for Tampering with Public Records, Falsifying Business Records, and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, all of which are felonies.
Brooks was arrested on June 1 2015 by the Mount Morris Police Department after investigating reports of discrepancies in Jennifer Brooks’ pay and performed a pay audit.
Brooks had allegedly initiated payments to herself and used the pay and accounting system to show the checks as voided within the school’s system.
Brooks is being represented by defense attorney Michael Stivers.
“The allegations brought to the Mt. Morris police department on May 13, 2015 that Jennifer Brooks may have knowingly or unknowingly falsified records, overpaid herself, or broken the law are false. As District Treasurer at Mt Morris Central School District she knew her job too well. Any and all financial transactions and record keeping there in would have taken place with the full knowledge of her superiors. We wouldn’t comment any further on the allegations out of respect for the District Attorneys investigative process, to which Jennifer will cooperate fully. Jennifer Brooks has been an upstanding, contributive, and deeply rooted member of the surrounding communities for over 25 years. She anticipates, upon more thorough investigation, any oversights in the auditors claims of wrong-doing will be satisfactorily clarified.”