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Dec 22, 2015 11:49 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Booth To Keep His Town Job During Court Proceedings In Grand Larceny Case

Warren Booth
Dec 22, 2015 3:16 PM

A Hampton Bays resident and member of the Hampton Bays Water Authority will get to keep his job for the time being, according to Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who said that charges that Warren Booth III stole nearly $55,000 from a scholarship fund did not affect his town job.

Mr. Booth, 51, a member of the Hampton Bays Fire Department and a former member of the Hampton Bays School Board, was arrested on December 10 and charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny, a felony. Southampton Town Police said he stole approximately $55,000 from the Arthur J. Jones Scholarship Fund—a program created over a decade ago in honor of Mr. Booth’s friend, who was killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. According to court documents, Mr. Booth stole the money over several years beginning in August 2010 while serving as administrator of the account.

As an employee of the town-owned water district, where Mr. Booth is one of two maintenance crew leaders, Mr. Booth makes $63,704.88 annually. This week, Ms. Throne-Holst said that Mr. Booth did not have access to any of the bank accounts for the water authority, but that the finances have been reviewed and everything is in order. She added that because there has been no indication that Mr. Booth stole any money from the water authority, he will not be terminated at this time. She added, however, that his employment will be revisited if he is found guilty of the charges.

“His charges are not related to anything on the job, so we are precluded from acting,” Ms. Throne-Holst said. “Should he be proven guilty, then that is a different story, but until [he is] proven guilty the town cannot take any action.”

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The HB Water Authority should check their inventory and Mr. Booth's property.
By Babyboo (293), Hampton Bays on Dec 22, 15 7:02 PM
the town employee responsible for clean water supply for town is accused of embezzling funds but continues in his job. town supervisor not concerned because the crime is "not related" guess she doesn't drink the water in hampton bays.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 22, 15 8:42 PM
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David, guess its me, but I don't see any correlation between embezzlement and dirty water. Care to elaborate?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 22, 15 9:42 PM
Sure. All ethical considerations aside, if someone needs money so badly that they will loot a fund dedicated to the memory of family friend, then they are desperate. That desperation is not limited to the single case pending -- they are going to try to get money from wherever and however, especially if legal defense expenses begin.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 23, 15 3:31 PM
So you figure he's going to steal water?
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 24, 15 1:34 PM
I figure he would not be adverse to taking a bribe to looking the other way if someone or some business is polluting our drinking water supply.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 25, 15 3:37 PM
Take your tinfoil hat off. When have you ever heard or read about someone polluting the ground water and the Hampton Bays Water District was the investigatory agency? You are so off kilter here.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 25, 15 11:12 PM
“I consider water quality and its impact on public health and safety to be the most important priority of my administration,” Mr. Bellone said at a press conference last Thursday, January 23. “Today begins a sustained campaign to inform Suffolk County residents about the scope of this problem, and to work with the scientific, environmental and business community, as well as my colleagues on all levels of government, to identify and fund solutions.”
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 26, 15 12:26 AM
ya got nuttin'
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 26, 15 10:18 AM
I have a belief that public employees, especially those managing other public employees and making over $60k a year plus health care and pension benefits, be honest, ethical citizens, not criminals.

I guess you don't have that.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 27, 15 10:41 AM
I must have missed the trial where he was convicted.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 29, 15 9:01 PM
And I missed Mr. Booth's denial to the charges.
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 31, 15 11:19 AM
I know, right? Surely the Press has enough reports to follow him 24 hours a day and repeat every word he says. And certainly the Press
reported to you every utterance of him and his attorneys.
I don't know or care what you do for a living, but if a person in your position was indicted for a crime that has nothing to do with your employment, would you be fired?
Once again, ya got nuttin'
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 31, 15 12:26 PM
I once had to fire a very respectable person who had forged my name to checks, she was escorted out of the office immediately upon discovery. As for myself, it would never in a million years occur to me to loot a scholarship fund dedicated to the memory of a friend. The sociopathic nature of such a crime is basically inconceivable to me although I can understand the financial hardship that might have driven Mr. Booth to it, as I have pointed out before this makes his continuing employment more ...more
By davidf (325), hampton bays on Dec 31, 15 2:14 PM
The fact remains, the water district has no legal recourse at this time. He is innocent until proven guilty, like it or not.
By But I'm a blank! (1283), Hampton Bays on Dec 31, 15 2:45 PM
Innocent until proven guilty. I expect the town would face a severe liability if they terminated Mr. Booth prior to a verdict or settlement.
By Arnold Timer (327), Sag Harbor on Dec 22, 15 10:10 PM
he should move out of hampton bays- not sure how you could show your face after stealing from your friends 9/11 fund. -
By farmlocal (83), Southampton on Dec 23, 15 6:33 AM
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How shameful. He is the second person accused of taking from the very same memorial fund? That is such an insult to the victim's memory -what a disaster he has created for himself. He now will find out if it was worth it.
By Lets go mets (377), Southampton on Dec 23, 15 7:12 AM
He is walking around like nothing is amiss.
By sgt202 (75), Hampton Bays on Dec 26, 15 8:42 PM
The guy has an arrogance level that is unbelievable. The other thief of the fund walks around town with his head high, and is even on the school board. What a great bunch of people for kids to look up to. Think about it they stole from a friend who was murdered during 9 11. They stole from a fund to benefit students while they were on the school board, and one is still on the board? Does Lars Clemensen have one single bone of leadership in his body? Throw him out!!!!!!!
By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 26, 15 9:56 PM
I'm pretty sure Lars has looked into it and is probably hindered by legal ramifications. The ideal situation would be for Mr Booth to resign his position.
By GoldenBoy (351), EastEnd on Dec 29, 15 8:48 AM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Dec 29, 15 3:20 PM
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By mtkfish (59), montauk on Dec 30, 15 8:49 AM
low-life garbage! Fatboy, you will get yours!
By mtkfish (59), montauk on Jan 1, 16 10:55 AM
I feel bad for this guy's family ....from what I see from some of these comments he is too arrogant to acknowledge any wrong doings...but has has a ton of family local and they are all good people....it's a shame they have to deal with this as well...
By patrick61 (18), Hampton Bays on Jan 3, 16 12:32 AM
How does Throne-Holst say he had no access to the accounts of the fund if he was the administrator? Take a look at his computer folks - forensic analysis is going to turn up other issues - bet you dollars to donuts.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 7, 16 2:20 PM
Also - regarding water - they "look the other way" in Southampton while the car wash across from Omni dumps all of its waste straight into the aquifer - and that's Southampton - so what can you expect in Hampton Bays one wonders.
By Vikki K (490), Southampton on Jan 7, 16 2:22 PM