Kim Thomas-Muffoletto, a former state official admitted in court January 26 that she stole thousands of dollars from the Cayuga Indian Nation.
The former director of Native American Services at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services took the money from the tribe’s trust fund accounts in total of $24,687 between April 2007 and January 2014 across more than a dozen accounts, as reported by Catie O’Toole for Syracuse.com.
The 56-year-old who was originally charged with grand larceny on October 14 pleaded guilty to the charges in Erie County Court Monday.
Thomas-Muffoletto admitted to using some of the funds to pay personal expenses, along with family members’ expenses.
She had been with Native American Services since 1991 and resigned following her arrest.
Thomas-Muffoletto will return to court on April 14.