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O.D. Heck employee accused of taking $10K

O.D. Heck employee accused of taking $10K

Jason Alderson seemed to think pre-paid debit cards were valid travel expenses for his work at O.D.

Jason Alderson seemed to think prepaid debit cards were valid travel expenses for his work at the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center, according to state investigators.

The 35-year-old information technology specialist employed by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities allegedly used his state credit card for travel for nearly $10,000 worth of unauthorized expenses, including the debit cards. He later told investigators from the state Inspector General’s office he hadn’t traveled on state business in several years,

Alderson was charged Thursday with a felony count of third-degree grand larceny and official misconduct, a class A misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Niskayuna Town Court and released on an ticket to return to court Dec. 4.

“State employees who are given the authority to make purchases with credit cards on behalf of the state of New York must do so with a full understanding of their legal responsibilities,” state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott said in a statement. “If they steal public resources they will be fully investigated and held accountable.”

State officials did not say in the statement what Alderson’s current job status is.

Alderson made all the purchases in Schenectady County, where he worked. The Inspector General’s investigation revealed $9,731 in unauthorized charges were made for items such as the debit cards, groceries, gasoline and meals.

Alderson was hired by the state in February 2008. He was paid an annual salary of $54,790.

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