State: Worker used work time, truck for personal business

Supervisor faces larceny charge
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ALBANY — A former state Department of Transportation employee routinely used his state-owned vehicle for personal errands during work hours, the state Inspector General’s Office said Thursday.

Alfred Weber, 63, of Albany, was a DOT bridge repair supervisor until his retirement in July. He now faces one count of third-degree grand larceny and other charges in connection with the allegations.

Weber is accused of illegally taking nearly $3,400 in salary and vehicle use benefits between December 2015 and August 2016. His job was to supervise highway maintenance workers around the Capital Region, but he often took the state vehicle elsewhere for hours at a time, the Inspector General’s Office said. The trips amounted to more than $700 in mileage costs and an additional 1,200 miles on the state vehicle.

“This defendant’s alleged abuse of state time and resources and shunning of his employment responsibilities was a blatant violation of the public trust,” Inspector Catherine General Leahy Scott said in a statement. “I will continue to use my powers to investigate and help end any such abuses to protect the integrity of the public workforce.”

Weber also faces felony charges of defrauding the government and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and misdemeanor official misconduct.

Weber was arraigned and released to return to court next month.

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