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Clerk who won job back after theft fired again on new charges of stealing

An account clerk in the City Clerk's Office has been fired for the second time after being accused of stealing money from license fees she collected.

Tina Pugh, 34, is free without bail on charges of falsifying business records and petit larceny.

She is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 8.

Pugh told police detectives that one scheme involved charging the normal fee of $12.50 for a dog license, then writing it up as a senior citizen fee of $2.50. She would keep the $10 difference.

Pugh previously pleaded guilty in December 2007 to stealing $30 from the Clerk's Office and was given an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal of the charge after she repaid the money. The city fired her. But the firing, deemed excessive, was overturned in court, and she returned to work.

City Clerk Carol Antonucci said Tuesday she could not comment on the case "because it is in litigation. The district attorney is handling it."

Mayor Paul A. Dyster said Pugh's dismissal from her city job shows "we take the issue of corruption very seriously. We don't have jobs for people who can't be honest."

The Internal Affairs Division of the Police Department conducted the investigation.

e-mail: rbaldwin@buffnews.com

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