[Editor's note: This story has been updated.]
MAHOPAC, N.Y. - Erin Meagher, the CEO/executive director of the Greater Mahopac/Carmel Chamber of Commerce and a trustee on the Brewster Village Board, was arrested Tuesday afternoon (March 21) and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department said that a joint investigation with the district attorney’s office revealed a misappropriation of funds from the organization.
According to a press release issued by the Chamber last week, “evidence of larceny, fraud and embezzlement by Meagher was…uncovered by the volunteer executive board of the Chamber.”
In the statement, Chamber officials alleged that Meagher used a Chamber debit card as a personal slush fund to purchase items such as jewelry, dresses, Stitch Fix personal styling services, Kate Spade handbags and Ivanka Trump shoes.
“She even flaunted her ill-gotten apparel at Chamber and community events,” the statement read. “She fabricated false and fraudulent invoices from Amazon in an attempt to deceive the Board of Directors."
Chamber officials terminated Meagher from her position Tuesday morning, March 21, after she was summoned to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to address the allegations. Investigators from the Sheriff's Department were at the Chamber office the following afternoon as the investigation continued. Additional charges may be pending.
Meagher is a Brewster resident and serves as vice president of the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency. She was hired by the Chamber in January 2016 to replace then-CEO Mike Bucci who had resigned from the position.
Prior to joining the Chamber, she managed Brewster Shipping Center, a commercial shipping location for small businesses. She also worked in commercial exhibition coordination in New York City, managing and setting up art gallery exhibit openings.
As a member of the Brewster Village Board of Trustees, Meagher had been a volunteer for several local community projects. She was chair of the Brewster Founders Day Street Fair and was a member of the Southeast Fireworks Committee.
Thanks to the due diligence of our volunteers safeguarding our Chamber members' money, we uncovered the scheme,” the Chamber’s statement read. “It is disheartening that she has stolen from the more than 390 Chamber members and shattered the trust of our community.”
The Chamber’s executive board is working with Putnam County Assistant District Attorney Larry Glasser and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department to “prosecute her to the fullest extent of the law,” the statement read.
Meagher was booked at the Sheriff’s Office in Carmel and released on her own recognizance. She was issued an appearance ticket and is due back in Carmel Justice Court April 11.
Police said that if convicted of the felony offense, Meagher could face up to four years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 and an order to pay restitution.