Olean firefighter charged with stealing $116,000 from department – Buffalo News


Terry Gaylor Jr., an Olean city firefighter, has been arrested on charges of stealing $116,000 from the department to pay personal expenses and those of his heating and air conditioning business.
The state Comptroller’s Office announced the arrest Wednesday, after what it said was a joint investigation with the State Police and the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office.
Gaylor, 41, of Olean, was arraigned in Cattaraugus County Court on charges of second-degree grand larceny, official misconduct and two counts of second-degree forgery.
The Comptroller’s Office accused Gaylor, a former trustee of the Fire Department, of paying more than $50,000 of his personal expenses directly from the fire department’s account, including credit card payments, Verizon Wireless bills and Amazon purchases.
He also was charged with writing more than $65,000 worth of unauthorized checks to himself, many of which allegedly bore forged signatures.
Gaylor, who according to seethroughny.net earned $89,536 in salary in 2021, is accused of depositing those checks into his personal account and withdrew cash for personal use.
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