PENN YAN — Julie Coleman, the former interim director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce who has been wanted for questioning regarding “financial irregularities” at the chamber since last November, has been arrested.
The Yates County Sheriff’s Office reports that Coleman, 35, was arrested Oct. 12 in Hall, Ontario County on a warrant issued from Penn Yan Village Court charging her with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument (a class D felony) and fourth-degree grand larceny (class E felony). These charges relate to her allegedly cashing a forged check for over $1,000 in Penn Yan. Ontario County sheriff’s deputies assisted in the arrest.
The Yates County Chamber of Commerce released the following statement for the press Nov. 16, 2017:
“Recently it was brought to our attention there were some irregularities in financial matters. We immediately began an investigation. However, during that process, the interim director departed the area unexpectedly. The investigation is ongoing and we are working with the proper authorities. Rest assured that the Chamber staff and board will continue to do their jobs serving the Yates County community.”
A Penn Yan native, Coleman was named as the interim director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce following the death of longtime CEO Michael Linehan in Feb. 2017. She was chosen among the three finalists from 14 applicants, and took up the directorship May 15, 2017.
After her sudden departure from her position, she reportedly fled the state.
Coleman was arraigned at the Yates County Public Safety Building, and will appear later in Penn Yan Village Court for further proceedings.