Kelly Ashcraft was 2019 ‘Citizen of the Year’ in Warsaw, and well known in community and Chamber
A longtime employee of the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism is facing multiple felonies after allegedly stealing more than $100,000 from the organization.
The Chamber filed a criminal complaint against Kelly Ashcraft, 45, of Warsaw in January, village police said. It alleged that she had stolen funds and forged business records.
An investigation allegedly found Ashcraft stole more than $100,000 since 2018 and falsified and forged the Chamber’s business records.
It was also found that Ashcraft had produced a fake CDC vaccination card and filed it with the Warsaw Central School District, police said.
Ashcraft was charged with second-degree grand larceny, three counts of third-degree grand larceny, and one count of first-degree falsifying business records. She was additionally charged with four counts of second-degree forgery, including one for the fake vaccination card.
Ashcraft was released and is to appear March 7 in Village Court. Ashcraft is well-known in the village, the county and beyond.
She was hired by the Chamber in 2010 and was most recently serving as the Chamber’s member services coordinator. She had an active and highly-visible role in community events and business functions.
Among other duties, she was present at and helped coordinate multiple ribbon cuttings at businesses throughout the county over the years. She also issued online updates to Chamber members and generally helped coordinate their participation in its programming.
Ashcraft was honored in 2019 by the Greater Warsaw Chamber of Commerce‚ a separate organization, with the Alan B. Goodenow Memorial Award for Citizen of the Year. The award is presented annually to a person who has shown outstanding commitment and service to the Warsaw community.
The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism website as of Monday listed Ashcraft’s position as vacant.