By Jeanne Sager
BETHEL November 11, 2003 The Town of Bethels supervisor-elect is now facing criminal charges.
At press time, Ira Moose Liff, 51, was still leading opponent Bob Bonnaci by 24 votes in the towns supervisor race.
But Liff is also busy with some personal issues. On Friday, the Bethel businessman was arrested by New York State Police and charged with insurance fraud and grand larceny, both in the third degree.
According to information released by the police barracks in Liberty, Liff has allegedly been receiving workers compensation disability payments while operating his own refuse collection business.
The payments, received by Liff between June 2002 and August of this year, are said to be in excess of $27,000.
Liff was arraigned on the two class D felonies before Town of Liberty Justice Brian Rourke on Friday. He was released on $10,000 bail to reappear Nov. 20.
Liff did not return a call to comment on the case.