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07/09/16 2:00pm
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The former Southold justice court clerk convicted of stealing more than $230,000 from the town’s bail fund has filed a federal lawsuit claiming officials at the Suffolk County Jail refused to treat her for a broken hip suffered while in custody.  READ

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03/22/16 3:15pm
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About two years after the Town Board launched an audit into the Southold Town Justice Court’s handling of bail money, the independent auditors have returned their findings: more than $24,000 was unaccounted for in the court’s bail fund over just a three year period. READ

06/24/15 5:41pm
06/24/2015 5:41 PM

An independent audit of the Southold Town Justice Court’s finances, which started more than a year ago in the wake of a theft controversy at the court, is still ongoing, town officials said this week.

The audit — conducted by Albrecht, Viggiano, Zureck & Company at a cost of $36,000 — was approved by the Town Board in a March 2014 resolution.

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03/28/15 8:00am
03/28/2015 8:00 AM
Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

An independent arbitrator ruled last week that a former Southold Town employee convicted of stealing over a quarter million dollars from the town’s justice court is not entitled to health insurance provided through the town.

However, the arbitrator’s decision has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she unlawfully took $231,791 over the course of about five years. (more…)

03/11/15 12:56pm
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Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As several family members wept in the courtroom, Christine Stulsky of New Suffolk was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail, followed by five years’ probation, for stealing more than $200,000 in bail funds from the Southold Town Justice Court.

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02/26/15 3:00pm
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Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Southold Town labor counsel attorney Richard Zuckerman, arbitrator Bob Grey and union attorney Paul Leavitt talk after a closed-door arbitration hearing Thursday morning. (Credit: Paul Squire)

Hearings to decide whether a former Southold Town justice clerk — who retired last year after being arrested for stealing thousands from the town — should be able to claim retirement health benefits concluded Thursday morning, according to the town’s labor counsel. (more…)

01/23/15 8:00am
01/23/2015 8:00 AM
Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As the former Southold Town senior court clerk accused of stealing more than $230,000 in bail funds over the course of an unknown number of years gets ready to serve a six-month jail sentence, the town is preparing to pay back those who posted bail but never saw the money again.  (more…)

01/14/15 1:40pm
01/14/2015 1:40 PM
Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Ms. Stulsky leaving court last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Christine Stulsky, the former Southold Town Justice Court Clerk accused of stealing funds from the court while she worked there, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny Wednesday and will be sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation March 11.

Ms. Stulsky also agreed to pay back $231,791 in funds stolen from the town bail account over a number of years. The restitution will be made over a five-year period while she is under probation, according to assistant district attorney Melisa Bliss.

Ms. Stulsky’s attorney, Lane Bubka, said she could otherwise have faced between five and 15 years in jail. By agreeing to the plea, she waives her right to a trial as well as to an appeal.

Ms. Stulsky remains free on $50,000 bail until her sentencing.

The 65-year-old New Suffolk resident appeared in court wearing a brown coat and surrounded by family members. She told County Court Judge John Collins that she had agreed to and signed the plea agreement, and she acknowledged that she did steal the money.

“You understand that if you are charged with another crime prior to your sentencing, you could face greater penalties?” Judge Collins asked Mr. Stulsky.

“Yes,” she responded.

In March, she pleaded not guilty to the felony grand larceny charge and charges of defrauding government and official misconduct.

Ms. Stulsky, who worked for the town since 1980 until her resignation last march, declined to comment afterward. But her attorneys, Mr. Bubka and John Strode, issued the following statement to the Suffolk Times: “Christine is remorseful and accepts responsibility for her actions. She deeply regrets how this has affected the justices of the court, her co-workers, the Town Board and all of the residents of Southold Town. Christine is forever grateful for the help of her family and friends who have supported her through this, and have made it possible for her to pay back every dollar taken.”

The case was before Judge Collins at the county court in Riverside since the Southold Town judges recused themselves from the case.

Town Supervisor Scott Russell said “the town is pleased that this chapter has now closed.”

“We have a new Justice Court Director and are confident that policies and procedures will be put in place so acts like these never happen again,” he said.

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