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Post date: August 17 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Sentencing In Case Involving Theft From Suny Binghamton Construction Project

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

August 17, 2016

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Donald McManus Worked As Project Executive On East Campus Dorm Construction Project At SUNY Binghamton And Must Pay Over $8K In Restitution To SUNY Binghamton From Theft Of Proceeds Of Copper From Project

Schneiderman: We Will Continue Rooting Out Fraud And Prosecuting Those Who Defraud The SUNY System

VESTAL – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the sentencing of Donald McManus, 56, of Apalachin, following allegations that McManus pocketed $8,200 worth of the proceeds from the sale of leftover copper used as part of the East Campus dorm construction at the State University at New York – Binghamton (SUNY Binghamton).  McManus was sentenced in Vestal Town Court by the Honorable Joseph B. Meagher to three years of probation. As conditions of probation, McManus must pay restitution to SUNY Binghamton in the amount of $8,256.59, and is prohibited from working in a construction job or in any capacity for SUNY Binghamton. 

“Those who steal from our SUNY system are picking the pockets of hardworking New York State taxpayers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will continue working to root out fraud and fully prosecute those responsible.”

McManus entered a plea of guilty on March 4, 2016 before Judge Meagher, to the charge of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class “A” misdemeanor. 

According to documents filed in court, in 2008, SUNY Binghamton and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) began the construction of dormitories for the East Campus of SUNY Binghamton. DASNY contracted with LeChase Construction Services to be the General Contractor for the project. McManus was a LeChase employee and the project executive for the construction project who supervised the LeChase construction team, as well as some of LeChase’s subcontractors on the project. As part of the construction project, temporary copper wire was installed at the construction site. Once it was no longer needed, the temporary wire was sold, and the proceeds belonged to SUNY Binghamton. McManus admitted in court that between July and December 2011, he kept proceeds from the sale of the copper wire that belonged to SUNY Binghamton, and agreed to provide restitution in the amount of $8,256.59 to SUNY Binghamton.

The OAG thanks the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York and DASNY Investigator Tom Vasile for their assistance with this investigation.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Mary Gorman of the Public Integrity Bureau. The Public Integrity Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Daniel Cort and Deputy Bureau Chief Stacy Aronowitz. The investigation was handled by Investigator Mitchell Paurowski of the Investigations Bureau, Deputy Bureau Chief Antoine Karam, and Bureau Chief Dominick Zarrella.  The Public Integrity Bureau is part of the Division of Criminal Justice led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.