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Thursday, June 30, 2022

Thursday Late Morning:
By MATT SURTEL, msurtel@batavianews.com
Ashcraft gets Prison for Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce Embezzlement

Kelly Ashcraft
Kelly Ashcraft, who embezzled more than $105,000 from the Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, has been sentenced to prison.

Ashcraft, 45, was sentenced Thursday in Wyoming County Court. She will serve 2 1/3 to 7 years for second-degree grand larceny and 2 to 6 years for second-degree forgery, and 1 1/3 to 4 years for first-degree falsifying business records.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

A 25-year order of protection has also been issued.

Ashcraft was arrested in January after an investigation by Warsaw village police. She admitted in January that she stole $105,024.78 from the Chamber, forged the signature of another employee, and failed to make entries in the Chamber’s business records as her duties required.

The embezzlement stretched back to 2018.

The sentencing is a major downfall for now-disgraced Ashcraft. She was well-known throughout Wyoming County for her Chamber of Commerce role, which included conducting ribbon cuttings at new and expanding businesses.

She had also been honored in 2019 with Alan B. Goodenow Memorial Award for Citizen of the Year. The award is presented by the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce — a separate organization — to a person who has shown outstanding commitment and service to the Warsaw community.

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