ALBANY – A state Department of Transportation employee no-showed at her job during critical COVID response efforts last year, the state Inspector General’s Office said Thursday.
The woman has been charged specifically with putting in for overtime on three dates in June 2020 where she did not work, but officials also said she is also suspected of attendance abuse or fraud on other days, officials said.
Nancy Connolly, 52, of Schenectady, was charged with one count each of fourth-degree grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, felonies, as well as official misconduct.
Connolly worked as a resident engineer at the state Department of Transportation and was assigned to work as a staging manager at Colonie’s Jupiter warehouse on evenings and weekends as part of the state’s emergency COVID response.
Those working as staging managers at warehouses were required to be on-site through Sept. 5, 2020, to assist in overseeing, tracking and securing shipments of donated and purchased equipment, including ventilators and personal protective equipment, officials said.
The Inspector General’s investigation determined that Connolly sought and obtained entire days’ worth of overtime on three days in June 2020 where she was not physically present. She illegally received $2,265, officials said.
The investigation included testimony from her supervisor and coworkers, as well as reviews of cell phone, text and email records that established her location, officials said.
The same records indicate that she was not performing work duties during the times she was scheduled to be at the warehouse, officials said.
“Since the beginning of the pandemic, state employees have risen well above their station to provide selfless assistance for New York’s unparalleled response to COVID-19,” Inspector General Letizia Tagliafierro said in a statement. “The overwhelming number of these workers embody the best of New York’s spirit of public service in times of need. Unfortunately, however, some individuals attempted to take advantage of the crisis and rip off taxpayers for time they never worked. This office will not tolerate such abuses and we will continue to ensure the integrity of our state’s response to this pandemic.”