Auburn Teachers Association says it found $808,000 missing after president committed suicide

Authorities in central New York say they're investigating a teachers union claim that its former longtime president stole more than $800,000 from the organization before committing suicide last year.

Auburn police tell local media outlets that they're investigating the alleged theft after it was reported this week by the Auburn Teachers Association.

The union says a forensic audit revealed Sally Jo Widmer misappropriated about $808,000 in dues from 2006 to 2012.

Widmer was the union's president for more than 30 years. Police say she committed suicide at her Yates County home on Nov. 7, two days before her 64th birthday. Union officials say they discovered accounting irregularities while going through financial records a day after her death.

Union officials say she spent the money on vacations, gambling meals and clothing.