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Former Lewis election commissioner case adjourned one month

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LOWVILLE — The case of a former Lewis County election commissioner accused of making improper payments to her daughter has been adjourned to next month.

Elaine McLear, 56, New Bremen, on Friday morning had a short Lewis County Court appearance before acting County Judge Donald E. Todd, and a pretrial conference was set for April 26.

Mrs. McLear has been charged with three felony counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and single misdemeanor counts of official misconduct and petit larceny.

She was accused of submitting purchase orders for payments to her daughter, Diane McLear, of $35 for an election inspector training session in August 2011, $120 for working at the Sept. 13, 2011, primary election and $192 for working at the Nov. 8, 2011, general election.

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