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State police investigator retires, admits false report

State police investigator retires, admits false report

Court documents: Wife's questioning spurred trooper to fabricate lie
State police investigator retires, admits false report
Omar Snow.
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Editor's note: This story was corrected at 6:45 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2018. A previous version incorrectly stated when Snow retired from the state police.

MALTA — A now-retired New York State Police investigator has pleaded guilty to charges that accused him of filing a false report in order to hide an affair, officials said.

Omar Snow pleaded guilty on Jan. 17 in Malta Town Court to one count of falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor. He filed the false report in November, claiming his bank account had been hacked and money stolen, when in fact, he withdrew the money himself and gave it to his mistress.

Snow, 51, paid nearly $3,000 in restitution and received what is called a conditional discharge, meaning he must stay out of trouble for a year, according to his attorney Melissa Carpinello.

"I think that he's just looking forward to putting the incident behind him and moving forward," Carpinello said.

An investigation of the false theft claim revealed that Snow met his mistress in 2012, after arresting her in a stolen car case. He told investigators he began the relationship later and soon started helping her with her bills.

Later, she relapsed into drug addiction, and Snow allegedly admitted to giving her money that she used to buy drugs, according to a statement by Snow that was filed in court.

Snow's wife started noticing the missing money in their accounts, so he came up with the hacking story. His wife's questions continued, and he eventually reported the non-existent theft in an official complaint to state police.

Snow marked 25 years with the department in April 2017.

Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen, whose office prosecuted Snow, noted later that Snow retired on his own and paid back money that had been transferred to his account as part of the account hacking cover story.

"We took into consideration the fact that he had taken all those steps before we had resolved the case," Heggen said.

Snow formally retired Dec. 28, less than two months after he filed the false report. State officials have yet to determine his retirement benefits.

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