Michael Varble – Partner at Michael R. Varble & Associates, P.C. – recently
stepped forward to discuss the recent fraud scandal involving the Town
of Beekman and Fred Knapp. Knapp – who is the former comptroller
for the Town of Beekman is accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from public
funds. Knapp was arrested on May 23rd and charged with second-degree larceny. He could face up to 15 years in
prison if convicted.
According to Attorney Varble – who is also Town Attorney for the
Town of Beekman – Knapp was using the town's checking account
to make payments on a credit card he, his wife, and his daughter used
for personal expenses. Knapp was able to continue his fraudulent scheme
by writing checks under $10,000, which would require only his signature.
In total, Knapp is alleged to have written a number of checks valued at
As Knapp begins criminal court proceedings, Attorney Varble has expressed
his intent to pursue a civil lawsuit in order to recover money Knapp stole.
Just as he advocates aggressively on behalf of our firm's clients
and fights to obtain fair compensation for injured victims and families
throughout the Hudson Valley, he plans to do whatever necessary to ensure
that justice is served on behalf of the Town of Beekman. You can read
more about the case and Attorney Varble's role on this