Pharsalia’s overseer sentenced to prison
The former supervisor of a small town in Chenango County is sentenced to serve jail time for stealing taxpayer money.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said former Pharsalia Town supervisor Dennis Brown was sentenced to one to three years in state prison after pleading guilty to stealing 240,000 $ of public funds by inflating his salary.
The State Comptroller Office with Cortland County District Attorney Patrick Perfetti and New York State Police investigated Brown in 2018.
Officials say they determined that Brown had inflated his salary for at least ten years, increasing his salary by at least $ 175,000. DiNapoli said investigators also determined that Brown billed the town of Pharsalia’s credit car to pay for groceries and utilities as well as luxury purchases like jewelry and vacations.
The 72-year-old politician was arrested in April 2019.
Brown pleaded guilty in June in Grand Larceny, as a crime of public corruption.
He was ordered to pay restitution of $ 240,000 and has already paid $ 125,000.
DiNapoli says Brown was the longest-serving municipal supervisor in Chenango County. He had been in office for 35 years, until he lost an election in 2019. He was still paid as a member of the county supervisory board and sat on the county finance and public works committees at the time of his appointment. his arrest.
DiNapoli indicted in a press release that he had called for a harsher sentence for the former public official because he had betrayed public trust.
DiNapoli also said that Brown’s case “should be a warning to anyone in a position of public trust that any theft, misuse or abuse of public resources is intolerable.”