Two Westchester Town Police

State Attorney General Spitzer today announced a lawsuit against two local police officers in connection with making fraudulent filings for retirement benefits.

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Westchester County, names as defendants Dennis Mahoney, a former police officer in the Town of New Castle, and John Vize, currently a lieutenant in the town police department.

An investigation by the Attorney General' office found that Officer Mahoney, with the assistance of Lieutenant Vize, falsely represented to the State Comptroller's Office that Mahoney had completed 20 years of service as a police officer, thereby allowing him to retire early and receive his full pension benefits. In fact, Mahoney worked for only 19 years instead of the required 20.

For Mahoney's purported last year of service, Vize assigned work shifts to Mahoney, but Mahoney did not work any of them. Instead, Mahoney and Vize arranged for other police officers to work in Mahoney's place. Mahoney continued to earn credit in the state pension system during the year that he did not work.

The Attorney General thanked the State Comptroller's Division of Investigations and Division of Retirement for their assistance on the investigation.

This case is being handled by Assistant Attorney General Monica J. Stamm under the supervision of Carrie H. Cohen, Chief of the Public Integrity Unit. Investigator Ismael Hernandez assisted with the investigation.


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