The Latham-based association has a relatively small work place where everyone knows everyone else, said Webber.
"He was always very personable and well liked by his colleagues," she said. "It really was a complete surprise. He was trusted and apparently that trust was misplaced."
Daley's arrest is the second largest white-collar crime Colonie Police has uncovered. More than five years ago Colonie Police arrested a Board of Cooperative Educational Services employee for a similar scheme. As was Daley, that person was in position of high authority at BOCES and wrote out checks to them selves totaling more than $3 million.
As white-collar crime increases in Colonie, Heider now dedicates 15 percent of his investigators to white-collar crimes. Those investigators made quick work of following the money in Daley's nearly four-year operation, he said.
Outside auditors are currently mulling over the accounts of the union tracing each transaction made on the associations $29 million annual operating budget. Daley's alleged theft only accounts for one percent of the union budget, said Webber. She has been assuring members that the association is financially sound despite the theft. The NYNSA has filed a petition in Albany County Court to acquire a lien on Daley's house and assets so that they may recoup some of the losses if not all, said Webber. ""