Southold Court Clerk Stole Funds, DA Says


The senior Southold Town Justice Court clerk resigned this week before facing allegations in Suffolk County court that she stole bail and other funds she had been tasked with managing, authorities said.

Christine Stulsky will be arraigned Friday before Judge James Hudson, but prosecutors did not specify what charges she is facing for the alleged thefts.

District Attorney Tom Spota said his investigators “found evidence of asset misappropriation” committed by Stulsky, whose duties also included the collecting and depositing fines generated by the closure of court cases.

The 64-year-old New Suffolk woman, who has worked for north Fork town court for 34 years, is Southold town’s second-longest serving employee, according to The Suffolk Times, which first reported the story earlier this week.

The Southold Town Justice Court handles over 5,000 matters annually, including traffic violations, criminal offenses, town code violations, landlord and tenant cases, civil actions and small claims actions, according to the town website.

Spota said that the investigation, which includes an analysis of voluminous paper and electronic records, is continuing.