ALBANY – A state trooper from Schoharie County admitted Monday he used a state credit card to make more than $2,900 in personal purchases, the state Inspector General’s Office said.
Jason Mattice, 45, of Warnerville, pleaded guilty Monday to one count of violation disorderly conduct.
He previously paid full restitution owed and has retired from state service, officials said.
Mattice, a state trooper for 20 years, used his state-issued credit card to purchase $2,908.73 in goods, including groceries and alcohol, officials said. He made the purchases between July 2017 and December 2019, officials said.
He admitted to making the transactions despite knowing that the purchases were unauthorized, officials said.
“State employees are entrusted to utilize state-issued credit cards only for approved purchases necessary to fulfill their public duties,” Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro said in a statement. “This individual instead chose to abuse that trust and made personal purchases with taxpayer funds and is now being held accountable for his actions.”
State police referred the matter to the Inspector General and the Albany County District Attorney prosecuted.