Town of Coventry files civil complaint against Diaz

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copyright the Chronicle December 21, 2016


by Elizabeth Trail


COVENTRY — Attorney Paul Gillies has filed a civil complaint on the town’s behalf against Town Clerk, Treasurer and Delinquent Tax Collector Cynthia Diaz, based on the forensic audit report released by auditor Jeff Graham last week.

“And we expect to hear from the State Police and State’s Attorney very soon,” Mr. Graham said.

The board hopes to have information it can share with the public at its next meeting on the State Police investigation, Selectman Scott Morley said.

The civil complaint was filed in the Civil Division of Orleans County Superior Court, Mr. Gillies told the board at Monday night’s meeting.

Ms. Diaz should be served the papers by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department within the next few days, he said — if she hasn’t been already.

The complaint alleges withholding documents from an audit and failure to comply with the laws that govern keeping public records.

It asks the court to require Ms. Diaz to hand over the records and documents that the select board and Mr. Graham have been requesting for over a year.

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