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Former Selkirk Fire Department treasurer sentenced in theft of $18,000

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Updated: 7/10 10:59 pm

SELKIRK, N.Y. -- A Selkirk woman accused of stealing thousands from a local fire department was sentenced Thursday to five years of probation. 

Heather Lynn Burns, 38, of Selkirk, was arrested in February on charges of allegedly stealing over $18,000 from Selkirk Fire Department's Station #3 account that she was responsible for from January 2012 to October of 2013. Part of her sentencing also requires her to pay $18,644.88 in restitution. 

"My client is just glad to have this matter behind her. She's satisfied with the resolution because it allows her to be home with her children and carry on with the rest of her life,” said her attorney Erin Gee. 

Sheriff's Investigators conducted a three month long investigation which led to the discovery of over forty unauthorized transactions from the fire department's account over the past two years. The unauthorized transactions consisted of money transfers, checks written to cash, checks written out to Heather Burns, cash withdrawals, and direct web payments to credit cards, utility companies, and insurance carriers.

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