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Yarnall's election panel fined

Irregularities in the campaign finance reports of Aurora Supervisor Terence M. Yarnall have resulted in a misdemeanor conviction and a fine against his election committee, his lawyer said.

Attorney Terrence M. Connors said the long-standing matter was settled in Orchard Park Town Court after being transferred from Aurora Town Court.

District Attorney Frank J. Clark began investigating the case last spring after complaints of possible forgeries in Yarnall's campaign finances.

Connors stressed that the final disposition of the case revolved around reporting errors committed by Yarnall's campaign committee in 2003, when he was first elected supervisor. The final charge involved the committee's failure to provide its treasurer detailed expenditures and vouchers associated with campaign mailings, Connors said, adding that his client did not appear in court.

"This involved a political novice and his committee making an error," Connors said, adding that the committee had accepted responsibility, and "a lesson was learned."

The committee was fined $500, and there is no entry in Yarnall's personal record, Connors said.

Yarnall, 48, a Republican, was re-elected in 2005. He previously had denied any irregularities in his campaign finance reports.


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