The Rye PBA is charging former Rye cop Tim Chittenden took $179,000 from its bank account while serving as its treasurer. Chittenden has been a vocal critic of Rye City, Police Commissioner William Connors and former Rye Mayor Steve Otis. Chittenden began to run for Rye City Council last year but eventually dropped out.
Theresa Juva over at LoHud has the story, which says in part:
"The Rye Police Association is charging that the former president and treasurer spent $179,000 from the association without authorization over six years and failed to repay it after confronted.
Police Officer Timothy Chittenden, who retired in December, withdrew $55,151.57 from ATMs or checks written to himself, wrote checks to lawyers totaling $57,459.56 and issued checks to purchase dollar drafts worth $11,475.03, a lawsuit filed last week in Westchester County Court alleges. He also wrote checks to a storage company for $4,750.64, the lawsuit claims. The rest of the total includes transactions still in question.
The police union's current president, Franco Compagnone, claims in the lawsuit that he happened to open a bank statement in November that showed the association's balance was significantly less than Chittenden had reported. Chittenden, the association's president for 13 years before being appointed treasurer in 2007, was the sole keeper of the group's checkbook and bank records…"