A former City of Newburgh comptroller admitted he stole nearly $10,000 from the City of Newburgh.

On Monday, 49-year-old John Aber, now of Staten Island, pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing money when he was the comptroller of the City of Newburgh.

Aber admitted that between Aug. 2013 and Dec. 2016, he used his position as comptroller to steal money collected for boat-launch fees in the City of Newburgh.

“There is simply never an excuse for an official to steal public money,” Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler said in a press release. “The City of Newburgh comptroller was entrusted with these funds, so that they could be used for the benefit of the City. The abuse of that trust which resulted in him converting the funds to his own use is a serious matter.”

Aber is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept 14. Aber agreed to pay $9,570 in restitution to the City of Newburgh.

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