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Former chamber director arrested on felony charges in Yates County

The Yates County Sheriff’s Office reports that the former interim director of the Yates County Chamber of Commerce has been arrested.

Julie Coleman, 35, was arrested on Friday on a warrant issued out of Penn Yan Village Court. She was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument – a felony, as well as fourth-degree grand larceny – also a felony.

The charges are related to her cashing a forged check for over $1,000 in Penn Yan, according to deputies.

Last year the Yates County Chamber of Commerce released the following statement:

“Recently it was brought to our attention there were some irregularities in financial matters. We immediately began an investigation. However, during that process, the interim director departed the area unexpectedly. The investigation is ongoing and we are working with the proper authorities. Rest assured that the Chamber staff and board will continue to do their jobs serving the Yates County community.”

The Penn Yan native was named the interim director of the chamber following the death of longtime CEO Michael Linehan. She was chosen among the three finalists from 14 total applicants.

After her sudden departure, she reportedly fled the state.

Coleman was arraigned at the Yates County Public Safety Building and will appear in Penn Yan Village Court at a later date.

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