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May 22, 2012

 

DiNapoli: DEC Employee Who Cheated Taxpayers Pleads Guilty

A former biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today pleaded guilty to petit larceny in Albany County Court and paid $15,000 in restitution for spending several hours a week at a local bar instead of performing his work duties, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said.

"Sadly, this individual took advantage of his position and bilked state taxpayers out of thousands of dollars," DiNapoli said. "I would like to thank the New York State Police and Albany County District Attorney David Soares for seeing that justice was done."

Christopher Keim surrendered himself to State Police in November after he admitted to DiNapoli's investigators he went to the tavern two to three times a week, often for hours at a time, for as long as two years. Keim resigned his state position as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

DiNapoli encourages the public to help fight against fraud and abuse. New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud, corruption and abuse of taxpayer money by: calling the Comptroller's toll-free fraud hotline at 1-888-672-4555; filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us; or mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller Investigations Unit, 110 State Street, 14th floor, Albany, NY 12236.



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