Case Dismissed for Former Builder's Association Executive

By Bryan Mercer
By Candace Chapman
By Dave Greber

May 23, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:27 AM EST

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The former head of the regional Homebuilders Association was exonerated earlier this month, when the felony case against her was thrown out of court.

Rose Bowe, also known as “CJ”, was the executive officer of the Southern Tier Home Builders and Remodelers Association.

In May 2010, Endicott police arrested Bowe, who was accused of buying personal items with a credit card, and submitting fake invoices for reimbursement. Police said she stole more than $32,000.

On May 15, the Broome County District Attorney's Office dismissed the pending felony charge in the Town of Union Court.

In a statement to Action News, the DA's Office said, "Based on a careful and thorough review of bank records and other documents, our office was satisfied that although there was probable cause to arrest and charge her, there was no reasonable possibility that we would have prevailed at trial as there was a substantial issue concerning her criminal intent. Therefore, we moved to dismiss the charge."

The Apalachin woman was charged with grand larceny, which is a felony. Bowe, who served as the association's top officer for four years, said she feels vindicated, although she was not surprised.

"There is a sense of relief to some extent, but even before this happened, I'm still the same person," Bowe said. "I have not changed who I am because there was never any doubt in our minds that one day this would come. There was never any doubt in my mind. How could it end any other way, in the sense that I didn't take any money."

The Broome County District Attorney's Office also said that Bowe had waived her right to a speedy trial, in order to allow the DA to continue to investigate the complaint and to review documents she had also prepared.