Christine Stulsky, a 65-year-old New Suffolk woman who was charged with stealing $230,000 from the Southold Town Justice Court, pleaded guilty Wednesday to grand larceny, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
The district attorney’s office explained that Stulsky stole fines, bail money and other revenue while working as senior justice court clerk. Authorities said the investigation found that the thefts began in January 2009.
She was employed at the justice court from 1980 until her arrest in March 2014, when she resigned. Her duties included the collection and deposit of fines and bail funds and the reconciliation of the court’s bank accounts. Stulsky claimed she used the money to meet everyday living expenses, the district attorney’s office stated.
State Supreme Court Justice John Collins is expected to sentence Stulsky on March 11 to six months in county jail and five years of probation with drug and alcohol conditions. Stulsky is required to pay the stolen funds back and will make her first payment of $50,000 this week, the district attorney’s office stated.