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Jessica M Opitz
11-17-2005, 05:47 AM
I found this article and wanted to share it with you all. It amazes me how the state views criminals within. Restitution Vs. holding a person responsible and charging them accordingly. Do you think the penalty fits the crime? I would really enjoy reading your responses and discussing this topic. Hope you enjoy the article! This occurred in my "general area". :eek: A link to the article is provided.


"State employee admits he claimed fraudulent travel expenses
11/16/2005, 3:51 p.m. ET
The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A state employee has agreed to pay more than $2,100 in restitution after being accused of submitting phony travel expenses, investigators said.

The Office of the State Inspector General reported Stephen Helm, 44, of Scotia in Schenectady County, was assigned to work in the Newburgh area in 2004 as a heating plant equipment specialist for the Office of General Services. Helm received $3,157 in reimbursement for lodging and meals.

Auditors raised questions about the vouchers Helm submitted because they had never heard of the bed and breakfast he listed as "Joanne's Bed & Breakfast." They also noticed that Newburgh was misspelled on the invoices.

The state investigators said Helm created the invoices for the inn on his state-issued laptop computer and that the address listed on the invoices was a private home. The home's owner, whose name wasn't disclosed by investigators, told authorities Helm had stayed there, but didn't pay.

The state accused Helm of fraudulently collecting $2,182. He agreed to repay that amount after he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Albany City Court on Oct. 4. Charges of grand larceny and filing a false instrument were dropped."

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