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Ex-official’s estate work questioned

NIAGARA FALLS — A state audit is raising questions about a western New York public official’s handling of estate assets.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s audit accuses former Niagara County Treasurer David Broderick of cutting corners when he liquidated estates in ways that benefited his friends and family.

DiNapoli has referred his findings to the county’s district attorney to determine if any laws were broken.

Broderick’s written response strongly disagrees with the findings, and says they include no evidence that any deceased individual’s assets were not properly accounted for.

DiNapoli cites one example of a potentially valuable 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and two other cars sold under Broderick’s direction to a sheriff’s deputy friend for a total of $2,000.