By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – The smallest check was for $825.
The largest was for $4,997.90.
In all, Antoine Bourbon-Parme, 59, the former co-director of the Cooperstown Food Pantry, allegedly stole $18,579 from the organization’s accounts over 16 months, beginning in October 2017 and ending in late January.
According to the court documents filed in Otsego Town Court on Tuesday, April 2, Bourbon-Parme forged the names of Audrey Murray, retired director; Stacey Smith, director, and Sharon Oberriter, president, on eight checks, beginning in October 2017. The last check, dated Jan. 22, was for $1,852.38.
Cooperstown Art Association President Cheryl Wright, flanked by Mary Ann Dietz, left, and Cindy Hill, presides over distribution of the original pottery at today’s annual Empty Bowls Luncheon, underway until 2 p.m. at the Christ Church Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown, to benefit the Cooperstown Food Bank. For $15, participants buy bowls (many created in Smithy Pioneer Gallery pottery classes), then fill them from a selection soups in the nearby hall, where there’s also fellowship aplenty. At left, Margaret Savoie of Cooperstown nears the end of the process: she’s about to sit down with a bowl of tomato soup. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)