Target: Kim Thomas-Muffaletto, former Director of the Native American Service Bureau
Goal: Demand formal apology from official who stole almost $20,000 from youth trust funds.
A trusted state employee recently used her position of power to steal thousands upon thousands of dollars from accounts designated for Cayuga minors. This employee, who acted as Director at the Native American Service Bureau for the New York State office of Children and Family Services, was the sole administrator of funds. She used the stolen money to pay for her personal car payments, insurance, tuition, and traffic tickets. Furthermore, there were no internal controls to act as a safety net to catch corruption.
Kim Thomas-Muffaletto pled guilty to grand larceny, which is a class D felony, and was sentenced to pay restitution and serve five years of probation. Thomas-Muffaletto knowingly and deliberately used money that wasn’t hers to pay for her personal expenses because she knew that there was no oversight. Not only did she steal money as a woman with considerable power, but she stole from trust funds that are meant for kids.
Urge Thomas-Muffaletto to issue a public apology to not only the Cayuga youth from whom she consciously stole from, but also to the government agency that trusted her with a position of significant power and control.
Dear Ms. Thomas-Muffaletto,
I am writing this letter to you in a state of extreme disappointment and sadness. When you stole from the Native American youth trust funds, you communicated that you simply do not care for others. By using their money to pay for your own expenses, you sent the message that you alone are more important than any of them. By using your position of power to steal all of this money, you communicated that you cannot and should not be trusted.
I am aware that you are ordered to pay restitution and serve five years of probation, but I do not think that does much in the way of healing. I am urging you today to issue a public apology for your actions, so that we may all move forward. By doing so, you may begin to make amends with the community that you betrayed. You should not only apologize to the Cayuga youth for stealing their money, but you should also apologize to your former employer for risking their reputation and betraying their trust. Please do the right thing by acknowledging your wrongdoing and offering your acceptance of accountability.
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