By LILY WILSON
Yesterday, New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the arrest of two safety and security officers for the State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). The two officers stole nearly $13,000 from the State by responding on overtime to fire alarms at OPWDD facilities when no alarms in fact occurred.
The two officers were Jason Dean, 30, of Sinpatch Road, Wassaic, and Mark Christiansen, 52, of Quail Lane, Dover Plains. Together the two allegedly stole over $12,000 for hours they charged the State as if they were working but actually were not. This investigation was led by Inspector General Leahy Scott who was the one to find that the two defendants were indeed guilty for numerous counts.
“These two defendants used their positions as government employees and as community volunteers to repeatedly over two years engage in criminal schemes stealing from taxpayers and violating the public trust,” said Inspector General Leahy Scott. “I will us all resources at my disposal to pursue anyone who so brazenly uses public service to develop illicit schemes for personal enrichment.”
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