Comptroller: Ex-Coventry supervisor made unauthorized transactions

COVENTRY – Coventry taxpayers have “little assurance” that town money was used for legitimate reasons when former Supervisor John Phelan was in office, according to a July 20 audit by the New York state comptroller’s office.

The audit covered the period between Jan. 1, 2010, and Aug. 31, 2011 while Phelan was most recently town board chairman and a member of the Chenango County Board of Supervisors. The Comptroller found Phelan had deposited $1,200 of his personal tax refunds into the town’s bank account and then wrote town checks to himself for the same amount. The report said he also charged 100 percent of the usage of his personal cell phone, which was also used on his re-election campaign; fueled his personal vehicle with taxpayer money; and used a town debit card for more than $2,600 in expenditures without prior authorization from other officials.

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