Sunday, September 7, 2014

New York's taxpayer thieves of the week!

Here is a funny, first the legislature had to create a rule to audit those they give money to...SO the government can investigate them?? This is what is wrong with giving taxpayer funds to unchecked entities. BPB

The former owner of a Queens-based special education provider, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges earlier this year following a joint investigation by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District Preet Bharara, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration and ordered to pay $2,151,318 in restitution and forfeit another $1,924,318.

“Cheon Park enriched himself and deprived children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities of the help they need,” DiNapoli said. “His conviction today stands as a warning for those who attempt to cheat taxpayers and instead use the money for their personal benefit. I’d like to thank U.S. Attorney Bharara for prosecuting this crime and working with my staff to bring Park to justice and recover stolen taxpayer money.”

In July 2012, DiNapoli’s office issued an audit of Bilingual SEIT & Preschool Inc. that found Park inappropriately charged New York City’s Department of Education for salaries, vehicle leases and items such as cosmetics and children’s furniture. There were also a number of questionable issues related to staff salaries. For a copy of the audit, visit:

DiNapoli referred the findings to United States Attorney Bharara’s office and worked to prosecute Park and recover the stolen funds. DiNapoli also praised the work of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for New York City’s Department of Education, the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Education, and the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for their collaboration in this investigation.

DiNapoli has identified fraud and improper use of taxpayer funds in a recent series of audits and investigations of special education providers, resulting in multiple criminal convictions and the recovery of over $3 million. His office has completed 23 audits of preschool special education providers, finding nearly $23 million in unsupported or inappropriate charges. There are currently 18 additional audits of preschool special education providers in progress.

In December 2013, Governor Cuomo signed legislation – proposed by DiNapoli and sponsored by Sen. John Flanagan and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan – mandating the Comptroller’s Office audit all of the more than 300 preschool special education providers in this $1.4 billion program by March 31, 2018.

DiNapoli and Schneiderman Announce Guilty Plea in $110,000 Health Contract Theft

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Friday announced the felony guilty plea of former Department of Health (DOH) contract employee George Dunkel for padding his bills and stealing more than $110,000 from the state.

DiNapoli: Town of Cohocton Clerk Arrested for Stealing Public Funds

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli Thursday announced the arrest of Cohocton Town Clerk Sandra Riley. She was charged with grand larceny in the third degree, a class D felony, and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, after an audit and investigation by DiNapoli’s office uncovered the misappropriation of more than $36,000 in public funds.

I didn't even get to the school audits here they are if you want to see who let the ball bounce on past the outfielder ~~

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases School Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits of the Schenectady City School District, Sidney Central School District, Tupper Lake Central School District, and the Walton Central School District.

Comptroller DiNapoli Releases Municipal Audits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits of the Village of Aurora, Clinton Volunteer Fire Department, Germantown Fire District, Town of New Albion, City of New Rochelle, Village of Port Dickinson, and the Town of Schuyler.