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Former Clerk Charged with Stealing Thousands from City of Westfield, Mass.


A former clerk in the Westfield, Massachusetts collector's office has been charged with embezzling $110,000 from the city.

A formal complaint against Susan Duffy was filed in federal court yesterday. She is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of embezzlement and false income tax reporting.

She was hired by the city in April 2005 and fired in February 2011 when the alleged embezzlement was discovered.

The city hired an independent auditor, who confirmed the missing funds.

The Westfield News reports the theft became a federal case because it involved wire fraud, a violation of interstate commerce laws. Duffy faces tax charges because she failed to report the allegedly stolen income.

Neither she nor her attorney could be reached.

Mayor Daniel Knapik deferred comment until after Duffy's arraignment.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.