Bennington town clerk arrested for missing funds

BENNINGTON, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Town of Bennington town clerk was arrested Tuesday after investigators found the town till short $14,000 in fees collected for permits, fees and town tax collections.

Tina Metz, 54, was charged with one felony county of filing a false instrument and three misdemeanors for official misconduct.

“It raises a red flag when we discover cash missing and suddenly the clerk is repaying the town,” said Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. “Unfortunately, my office continues to uncover instances such as this where inadequate financial controls result in public money being stolen or unaccounted for.”

The comptroller issued a report detailing  how Metz deposited portions of the missing funds back into the town accounts.  Some was cash she said was found in a cabinet in town hall. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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