Ithaca schools union president arrested for grand larceny after skimming union funds

February 12, 2014

The president of Ithaca's Education Support Professionals Association, Laureen F. Hamilton of Cayuta, has been arrested and charged with grand larceny in the third degree, say Ithaca police. Hamilton is charged with stealing from the union, which represents the paraprofessionals and education support professionals at the Ithaca City School District.

Laureen Hamilton, charged with stealing from an ICSD union. Photo provided by IPD.Laureen Hamilton, charged with stealing from an ICSD union. Photo provided by IPD.Ithaca police say they received a complaint on January 17th that Hamilton had been stealing money from the union during 2013, and after an investigation, Hamilton admitted to making "numerous unauthorized transactions totalling approximately $7,000 during her duties as union president."

The Education Support Professionals Association represents teachers aides, classroom assistants, and other staff who serve ICSD's academic mission but aren't teachers. The school district tells us, "Any allegations related to internal union business is separate and distinct from ICSD issues. There were no ICSD funds, policies or regulations involved in this case, therefore the district doesn’t plan to take any action."

Officer Jamie Williamson of the Ithaca Police Department says Hamilton voluntarily came to the police department for an interview in January, and returned voluntarily on February 3rd to be booked and arraigned in Ithaca City Court. She was released on her own recognizance at the recommendation of the Tompkins County District Attorney's Office.

The charge of grand larceny in the third degree is a class D felony.

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