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A.G. Schneiderman & Superintendent Beach Announce Sentence Of Rensselaer County Correctional Officer For Embezzling Union Money

News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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September 23, 2016

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A.G. Schneiderman & Superintendent Beach Announce Sentence Of Rensselaer County Correctional Officer For Embezzling Union Money

Officer Who Served As Union’s Treasurer Used Union Debit Card And Checks For Personal Use, Including At Gentlemen’s Clubs

Rodgers Sentenced To 60 Days In Jail, Nearly $11,000 In Restitution

ALBANY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Police Superintendent Beach today announced the sentencing of Rensselaer County Correctional Officer Kevin Rogers, 45, for embezzling nearly $11,000 from the Sheriff’s Employees Association of Rensselaer County (“SEARCO”). 

“Kevin Rogers used his position of power to steal from union members pockets for his own personal use. Cases like this represent a betrayal of both the union’s members and its mission, and we will continue to hold those in positions of trust accountable” said Attorney General Schneiderman.

In addition to serving as a corrections officer, Rogers is the former vice president and treasurer of SEARCO. From August 2006 through July 2011, Rogers diverted SEARCO funds by using the SEARCO debit card at various restaurants and gentlemen’s clubs throughout the Capital District for non-union business. Rogers also used SEARCO funds to purchase ringside tables at two boxing events that had no relationship to union business.

The defendant was found guilty on April 26, 2016, after a jury trial, of the D Felony of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree. Rogers was sentenced today by the Honorable Debra J. Young in Rensselaer County Court to 60 days in jail and five years’ probation along with restitution.

The Attorney General’s Office thanks the New York State Police for their work on this case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Bridget Holohan Scally and Christopher Baynes of the Public Integrity Bureau. Legal Support Analyst Sara Pogorzelski also worked on the case. The Public Integrity Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Daniel Cort and Deputy Chief Stacy Aronowitz. The Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Division is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

The investigation was handled by OAG Investigator Mark Spencer, with the assistance of the United States Attorneys' Office for the Northern District of New York. The Investigations Division is led by Bureau Chief Dominick Zarrella.