More than two years after the arrest of a rescue squad treasurer for alleged theft from the organization he once headed, a grand jury has been scheduled to hear the case against him.
Edward G. “Grant” Gentner of Lake George was arrested in December 2015 on a felony charge of third-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing nearly $20,000 from Lake George Rescue Squad, an agency where he had worked and volunteered for more than 23 years. He has pleaded not guilty.
The continuing investigation has resulted in repeated adjournments of the case, but a Warren County grand jury was scheduled to review the matter in the coming weeks to determine whether the prosecution should continue in Warren County Court.
The case was transferred from Lake George Town Court to Bolton Town Court in 2016 after the Lake George judges recused themselves, and the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office was appointed special prosecutor when the Warren County District Attorney’s Office stepped away because employees were familiar with Gentner.
The case has languished in Bolton Town Court since, with members of the squad recently reaching out to The Post-Star amid concerns that it had not progressed more than two years later.
The case was delayed as the State Police Financial Crimes Unit pored over the squad’s books to determine the extent of the squad’s losses, officials said.
The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office would only say that the case is pending and is progressing.
“It’s going forward,” Hamilton County Assistant District Attorney Michael Stern said Tuesday. “It’s been under investigation, but it is still proceeding.”
The alleged thefts occurred in 2012 and 2013, and squad leadership learned of discrepancies in the books when Gentner was voted out of the treasurer position after 2013, according to State Police.
An audit was performed, and squad administration contacted State Police in Queensbury afterward. Gentner was treasurer for a number of years before 2012, and police said additional charges could be filed for alleged business record falsification.
Gentner, 50, had been a member of the squad for more than 23 years, having served as its president in the 1990s.
Gentner is being represented by Joseph Brennan, who did not return a phone call for comment Tuesday. Gentner’s previous lawyer, Malcolm O’Hara, said at the time of Gentner’s arrest that the charge was the result of a “misunderstanding.”
Gentner has been free on his own recognizance, pending prosecution.