Wayne County Court Clerk Arrested
On Wednesday (12/19, State Police in Lyons arrested Barbara A. LoTemple, age 43, currently of 4455 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua, New York for Official Misconduct and Petit Larceny. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Police and the New York State Unified Court System’s Office of the Inspector General.
LoTemple, while employed as the Chief Clerk for the Wayne County Surrogate’s Court in Lyons, was allegedly stealing court funds. LoTemple reportedly stole cash from the Wayne Surrogate Court from August of 2012 until October of 2012, totaling less than $1,000. According to sources, LoTemple would “borrow” money and often return it at a later date.
Records show LoTemple was arrested June 6th of this year after police received a report of her and her 15 year-old son living in squalor conditions without furniture and food in a Lyons motel. They were reportedly sleeping on the floor and the teenage boy was not attending school.
LoTemple failed to show up for court proceedings in the Endangering case and a warrant was also in place for her arrest. She told police she failed to show up in Court due to some confusion with her lawyer.
LoTemple was promoted to the job from her position in Ontario County to the head clerk in Wayne County. She was fired from her job with the Seventh Judicial Court after failing to show up for her job after five days on October 5th of this year.
Following LoTemple’s dismissal, the Inspector General for the Courts ordered a review of the Court accounts and the discrepancies were discovered. On October 10th State Police opened the criminal investigation. Police report small amounts were taken over a period of time.
She was arraigned in the Village of Lyons Court in front of acting Village Justice Richard Wunder and committed to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $500 bail. She is scheduled to return to the Village of Lyons Court on 01/09/13.