Police: Verplanck FD Treasurer Stole $13,500 from Fire Department

The woman was arraigned in Cortlandt Town Court this morning. She had turned herself into the fire department, and was arrested by New York State Police, police said.

The volunteer treasurer entrusted with the Verplanck Fire Department’s money allegedly stole $13,500 from the department over the last six months, according to New York State Police investigator Sean Morgan.

Elizabeth Burns-Scott, a 43-year-old Buchanan resident, turned herself into the Verplanck FD on June 3, admitting that she had taken about $13,500 since Dec. 2011; she said she intended to pay them back, police said. The fire department conducted an internal investigation, and then Burns-Scott turned herself into the NYSP on June 7, Morgan said. She had been working as the FD’s treasurer for about two years, according to a fire department official.

Burns-Scott was charged with grand larceny in the third degree and released on her own recognizance by state police. She was arraigned in Cortlandt Town Court this morning, where Judge Klein again released her on her own recognizance, according to the Town of Cortlandt court office. She is due back in court on July 23.

This was Burns-Scott’s second arrest in the last three weeks. She on May 30 by  Peekskill Police for seventh degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, when she was allegedly found with cocaine following a traffic stop. 

The arrest is not currently published in the New York State police's public information report on their website available to the media due to privacy issues related to the case, said Investigator Morgan.


Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include the reason why the arrest report was omitted from the state police information report. 

Sam June 23, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I have had tough times, but not desperate enough to do drugs or steal. Not judging, that is what courts are for, but considering she turned herself in and was caught with the drugs, I believe it is safe to say she did it. Comments like the ones from billy are uncalled for, there is no need to attack personally. Your comment is just as silly though because most people don't do what she did. I hope she gets the help she needs obviously, but don't excuse her behavior because it's that attitude that will keep people doing these kinds of things.
Paul B. June 24, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Try learning how to spell before posting a comment. Talk about white trash.....Billy, the poster boy for inbreds.
Liz June 26, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Of course the drug charges came AFTER the money went missing! AFTER She had the money to buy them!! Who cares if she's a volunteer or not, if anything I think that makes it worse. The point is she was trusted with a position and took advantage of the trust of not only the Verplank FD but the citizens of the community who make monitary donations to support the FD but instead are supporting her drug habit. $13k in 6months that's crazy!! Granted 6 months is not a very long time but $13k is not small change why was no one checking on her sooner. Just goes to show you cant trust peoples motives. And just because you don't like someone's opinion attacking their spelling or grammar is ridiculous and immature. Grow up people!
MH December 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Liz is and has always been a good person. People make mistakes and there are consequences for these mistakes. Please stop the stupid comments. She made a mistake and will have to pay the price. I pray for you Liz and your family.
t m January 30, 2013 at 04:14 AM
thinking of you pookie


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