2017-05-23 / Front Page

Erin Meagher pleads guilty to reduced charge

Eric Gross

Erin Meagher, a highly recognized fixture in Putnam’s business community who was arrested in March for using Chamber of Commerce money like a “personal slush fund,” pleaded guilty in Carmel Town Court Tuesday evening to a reduced charge of petit larceny in full satisfaction of the felony charge leveled against her. 

The 26-year-old Carmel High School graduate and resident of Brewster, the former CEO and Executive Director of the Mahopac Chamber of Commerce, was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department after chamber officials claimed that Meagher, who also serves as a member of the Brewster Village Board, used the “chamber debit card as her personal slush fund to purchase her wardrobe including jewelry, dresses, Stitch Fix personal styling services, Kate Spade handbags and Ivanka Trump shoes.”

Her position was terminated due to “evidence of larceny, fraud and embezzlement being uncovered by the chamber’s executive board volunteers.”

Before Carmel Justice Thomas Jacobellis, Meagher admitted to the crime in exchange for the reduced guilty plea. The plea deal arranged by her attorney Kevin Reverri and the court mandates that Meagher complete 100 hours of community service through the Sheriff’s Department Alternative to Incarceration Program while making restitution of $2,809 to the chamber and its 390-plus membership.

Judge Jacobelis ruled that the restitution and community service must be completed before May 23, 2018, while Meagher must “stay out of trouble” during that time or the agreement will be voided and the original charges restored.

Chamber attorney Joe Tock said the chamber was satisfied with the agreement: “Erin’s admission of guilt validates the evidence uncovered by our executive board. It’s time to close this chapter and move forward.”

Meagher had faced a Class E felony carrying up to a four year state prison term plus fines of up to $5,000 if found guilty.

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