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Former state employee sentenced for defrauding the government and accepting bribe

WATERLOO – A former engineer-in-charge for the New York State Office of General Services (OGS). On February 21, 2014, John Hall, an Owego resident, pleaded guilty to Defrauding the Government and Bribe Receiving in the Third Degree. Today, Hall was sentenced by the Honorable Dennis Bender in Seneca County Court to 6 months in jail, restitution of $52,285, which the OAG recovered in full prior to sentencing, and five years of probation.   

Hall obtained more than $50,000 worth of construction equipment and home improvement materials from a contractor who worked on emergency repair projects for OGS in Seneca County in exchange for approving the contractor’s fraudulent billing submitted to the state. Monday’s sentencing was the culmination of a joint investigation with the New York State Inspector General’s Office (OIG), the New York State Comptroller’s Office (OSC), and OGS.

“Corrupt public servants who abuse their offices undermine the public's confidence in government,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. “My office is committed to working with our investigative partners to root out corruption within government agencies and on construction projects at state facilities. Betraying the public’s trust and stealing money from taxpayers will not be tolerated.”