Former Broome County Executive Debbie Preston has been arrested and charged with three counts of official misconduct.
A release from the Office of Schuyler County District Attorney Joseph Fazzary announced the arrest on Monday afternoon.
The charge is a misdemeanor and carries the maximum penalty of one year in jail.
The charges stem from Preston’s alleged misconduct while she was the Town of Conklin Supervisor from 2003 to 2011.
Fazzary accuses Preston of unlawfully obtaining a credit card in her name and in the name of the Town of Conklin, and using the credit card to make purchases for her own personal needs.
Fazzary says Preston also used the credit card after leaving the Town of Conklin to become the County Executive for Broome County, and after specifically being told to no longer use the credit card.
Preston was arrested Monday morning and was processed by New York State Police, and is scheduled to be arraigned next week.
Fazzary was assigned as a special prosecutor in the case, as Broome County District Attorney Steve Cornwell has a conflict of interest with the case.
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