Former director admits to stealing $110,000 from grand Island senior center

Former director admits to stealing $110,000 from grand Island senior center


COMING UP AT SIX — HEAR WHERE PORTER’S SETTLEMENT NOW STANDS. THE FORMER DIRECTOR OF THE GRAND ISLAND SENIOR CENTER HAS ADMITTED TO EMBLEZZLING MORE THAN A 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE TOWN. THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYS THE THEFT WAS DRIVEN BY A CASINO GAMBLING ADDICTION. …NEWS FOUR’S GEORGE RICHERT IS BACK FROM ERIE COUNTY COURT WHERE BARBARA GANNON PLEADED GUILTY TO GRAND LARCENY THIS AFTERNOON. THIS WAS A METHODICAL PROCESS THAT INVOLVED THE THEFT OF FUNDS OVER A SIX YEAR PERIOD WHICH ENDED WHEN SHE RETIRED A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. 71 YEAR OLD BARBARA GANNON WAS THE DIRECTOR OF THE GOLDEN AGE CENTER ON WHITEHAVEN ROAD. IT’S THE TOWN’S MAIN SENIOR CENTER AND THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY, JOHN FLYNN SAYS GANNON HAD SET UP A BANK ACCOUNT IN THE NAME OF THE SNIOR CENTER THAT ONLY SHE HAD ACCESS TO. THE CENTER RAN REGULAR DAY TRIPS FOR THE SENIORS, AND FLYNN SAYS THIS SEPARATE ACCOUNT ALLOWED GANNON TO POCKET SOME OF THE MONEY THAT SENIORS WOULD PAY FOR DAY TRIPS. HE SAYS IT’S DISTURBING TO HIM THAT NO ONE NOTICED IT UNTIL SHE RETIRED AN THE SENIOR ACCOUNTANT DISCOVERED IT THEN. ((JOHN FLYNN-ERIE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY-“ONCE YOU DO IT THAT FIRST TIME AND GET AWAY WITH IT, NOW THE SECOND TIME BECOMES EASIER AND THEN ONCE YOU GET AWAY WITH IT A SECOND TIME THE THIRD TIME BECOMES EASIER AND THE FOURTH AND IT JUST SNOWBALLS FROM THERE.”)) ((FLYNN-“MY ADVICE TO PEOPLE IS DON;T SO IT THE FIRST TIME.”)) THE TOWN OF GRAND ISLAND WAS MADE WHOLE BY THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY, BUT GANNON IS ORDERED TO PAY THE $110,000 RESTITUTION. SHE COULD

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