Saratoga County

Saratoga Sheriff: Correction officer concealed union thefts with forged charity contract

He took thousands from the union he headed, sheriff alleges
Dezmond A. Slade
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Dezmond A. Slade

BALLSTON SPA — A suspended Saratoga County correction officer attempted to conceal thefts with a forged contract, supposedly between the union he headed and an entity called the “H.E.R.O. Foundation,” according to allegations filed in court.

Dezmond A. Slade, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was arrested this week and charged with third-degree grand larceny and other charges.

Slade is accused of using the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officers Association’s credit card to pay for $4,500 of personal expenses, and also withdrawing more than $11,000 from the association’s accounts, officials said.

No attorney was listed for Slade as of Thursday.

As the investigation proceeded, Slade allegedly provided a forged document in an effort to cover up the thefts. Sheriff’s officials did not detail the forged document in a release Wednesday, and Sheriff Michael Zurlo did not offer further information Thursday, citing the ongoing investigation.

But investigators allege in court documents that on Aug. 7, Slade created “a forged contract between the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officers Association (SCSOA) and the H.E.R.O. Foundation” and used it “to deceive the SCSOA membership” regarding the theft of $2,000 from the union, the charging document states.

Slade served as head of the association, which represents correction officers, jail cooks, communications officers and civil employees, from May 2015 to December 2018, officials said. He continued as a correction officer and was suspended without pay upon his arrest Tuesday, officials said.

The thefts are alleged to have taken place between June 2015 and Dec. 18, 2018.

Slade is accused of using the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officers Association’s credit card to pay for $4,500 of personal expenses, and also withdrawing more than $11,000 from the association’s accounts, officials said.

The investigation continues, including into other “questionable financial transactions,” sheriff’s officials said.

In all, Slade faces the grand larceny count, one count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of first-degree falsifying business records, all felonies.

Slade was arraigned and released to return to court at the end of February.

 

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