Corrections Officers Enter Pleas In No-show Job Case
dd>New York State Attorney General Spitzer, and Inspector General Roslynn R. Mauskopf today announced that two current and two former state corrections officers today pled guilty in Essex County Court to charges relating to a scheme involving no-show jobs at the State's Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook.
"These defendants abused a policy intended to provide needed job flexibility for correctional officers," Attorney General Spitzer. "Working with the Inspector General and the Department of Correctional Services, we brought an end to the abuses and protected the interests of taxpayers."
State Inspector General Mauskopf said: "State employment is not a license to steal. Those who treat it as such will pay the price."
Appearing before Judge Andrew Halloran, the defendants pled guilty to Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. Each defendant admitted that during the period April 1995 through June 1999, he worked less than half of his assigned shifts while receiving full-time salary and benefits. Further, each admitted that he paid other officers to work as replacements for the missed shifts, with "under-the-table" cash payments rather than by reciprocating on a future shift.
Pleading guilty were:
- Raymond G. Perkins, age 50, of Clintonville, a 21-year veteran NYS Corrections Officer. Perkins has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $51,476.20, and to have his retirement reduced by the 828 days he paid others to work for him from April 1995 through June 1999. Perkins is represented by Stephen Johnston;
- Roy Holzer, age 35, of Wilmington, a 13-year veteran NYS Corrections Officer and former town supervisor. Holzer has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $36,333.72, and to have his retirement reduced by the 602 days he paid others to work for him from April 1995 through June 1999. Holzer is represented by James Bessette;
- Warren M. Churco, age 36, of Saranac Lake, a 10-year veteran NYS Corrections Officer. Mr. Churco resigned from his job in August 1998. Churco has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $33,475.15, and to have his retirement reduced by the 598 days he paid others to work for him from April 1995 through July 1998. Churco is represented by John Wilkins; and
- John P. O'Neil, age 35, of Bloomingdale, a 12-year veteran NYS Correction Officer. has agreed to pay restitution in the amount of $19,530.04, and to have his retirement reduced by the 437 days he paid others to work for him from April 1995 through June 1999. O'Neil is represented by Matthew Turner.
Last month, the Department of Correctional Services instituted a statewide policy of tighter controls on mutual shift swapping, mandating that supervisors oversee the process and that all shifts be worked within one year.
After the pleas, Judge Halloran adjourned the cases pending sentencing on October 9, 2001. Each defendant previously had been released on his own recognizance; that status was continued.
The case is assigned to Assistant Attorney General Nancy Snyder, under the supervision of Deputy Assistant Attorney General William Comiskey.