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State worker accused of stealing gas

State worker accused of stealing gas

A state worker from Wynantskill is accused of using a state-run gas pump for personal use.

A state worker from Wynantskill is accused of using a state-run gas pump for personal use.

Bruce Chapple, 55, was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing, an felony, four counts of petty larceny, a misdemeanor, and one count of official misconduct, also a misdemeanor, according to a release from the state Inspector General’s Office. He faces up to four years in prison on each felony count.

“The theft of state resources is a theft from all taxpayers,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott. “The defendant’s misconduct undermines the public’s trust that government is working in an honest and effective manner. My office remains committed to uncovering fraud and abuse in New York State.”

Evidence against Chapple was obtained by a video surveillance footage of him filling gasoline cans at the W. Averill Harriman State Office Complex, authorities said. On four occasions, he is suspected of using his state gas credit cards to activate the pumps. Officials allegedly observed him putting the gas from these trips into his personal vehicles.

Chapple, who has worked for the state since 2000, is currently a building services assistant for the state Office of General Service.

He appeared in Albany City Court and is scheduled to return to court on July 29.

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