Ex-Earlville mayor pleads guilty

NORWICH – Ex-Earlville Mayor Toni Campbell pleaded guilty Monday to stealing from her former employer and agreed to pay back $133,411.

New York State Police arrested 36-year-old Campbell, of 21 Greene St., Earlville, on July 2, claiming she used her position as finance manager to steal more than $98,000 from her former employer, Chenango Valley Pet Foods in Sherburne.

A the time of her arrest, Campbell was in her third term as Earlville mayor. On July 11, Campbell sent a letter to the village board announcing her immediate resignation. Following Campbell’s departure, the board later announced a review of the village’s finances showed no evidence of impropriety.

In court yesterday, District Attorney Joseph McBride said his office was asking for Campbell to serve two to six years in state prison, but admitted that previous conversations with the court indicated Judge W. Howard Sullivan was only willing to sentence Campbell to one and a half to four years in state prison, over his objection. However, the DA still offered the plea agreement.

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