by Sarah Curry
Director of Fiscal Policy Studies
The Gaston Gazette reported on a town alderman accused of stealing. See the story below.
A Dallas alderwoman was arrested Monday, charged with felony larceny by an employee.
Stacey Malker-Duff, 44, is accused of taking $813 from Gastonia Parks and Recreation Department.
According to police, Malker-Duff worked weekends as a train conductor of a children’s ride at Lineberger Park.
Malker-Duff is accused of keeping some of the train fare money between May and March.
Malker-Duff talked to investigators Monday. She was released from custody on an unsecured bond.
She is no longer employed by the city of Gastonia, police said.
The charge against Malker-Duff is not tied to her political post in Dallas.
Malker-Duff became Dallas’ first African-American alderwoman after voters selected her in 2013 from a crowded field of seven candidates for three open seats.
She made headlines before that when she selected a 10-year-old boy from Dallas to serve as her campaign manager.
When contacted by The Gazette, Dallas Town Manager Jim Palenick said it was the first he’d heard about Malker-Duff’s arrest.
Gastonia City Manager Ed Munn was not immediately available for comment.
Malker-Duff said she needed to consult with her attorney before talking about the accusations against her.