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Former Pelham Country Club Controller Charged With Embezzling, Says DA

Gretchen Wauchope.
Gretchen Wauchope. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The former controller of the Pelham Country Club was charged with embezzling more than $335,000 on Wednesday, according to the Westchester County District Attorney.

Gretchen Wauchope, 45, of Ardsley, allegedly embezzled funds for over five years by drawing and negotiating checks from the bank account of Pelham Country Club payable to herself and other third persons. She also initiated electronic payments from the Pelham Country Club’s bank account to pay personal credit card debts, the district attorney said.

"This case, like so many others involving breaches of trust by an employee and having taken place over a long period of time, demonstrates the importance of conducting  proper due diligence, especially overseeing employees who have access to finances,” Janet DiFiore said in a statement.

In addition, Wauchope allegedly failed to pay New York State Income Tax on the monies that she stole from the Country Club in 2010 and 2012, the district attorney said.

Bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond. Wauchope is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday.

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