2012-05-24 / Front Page

Town employee charged with embezzlement

BY TIM RIEL

After a two-week investigation, Jamestown Police last week arrested Andrea Masterson, an employee of the town’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Masterson, 31, was charged May 17 with embezzlement over $100 after allegedly taking $290 in cash over a five-day period.

Masterson was arraigned on May 18 at 2nd Division District Court and released on personal recognizance.

According to Town Administrator Bruce Keiser, the investigation began after Recreation Director Bill Piva alerted Finance Director Tina Collins of missing revenue from the department’s office, which is located at the Jamestown Recreation Center. Collins and Piva then informed Keiser of the cash discrepancies, who believed that the suspicious activity in the recreation account should be brought to the attention of Police Chief Ed Mello.

According to Mello, it was determined during the investigation that Masterson allegedly had been taking various amounts of cash from the recreation office and then falsifying records. Masterson began working for the town as a part-time recreation clerk in January 2008. It was her first municipal job in Jamestown and she worked 30 hours a week. She has been terminated.

Police aren’t sure of the scope of the incident, but Mello said that his department will continue to investigate the matter. Along with forensic auditors, police will examine records to see if there are any other discrepancies, but town officials said there are no other suspects and it was an isolated matter. Mello said additional charges are expected to be filed against Masterson.

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