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Feds: Saratoga County man, a former state DOT worker, sentenced in $17K theft scheme

Feds: Saratoga County man, a former state DOT worker, sentenced in $17K theft scheme

He served as engineer in charge of a large Washington County project from 2012 to 2017, prosecutors say
Feds: Saratoga County man, a former state DOT worker, sentenced in $17K theft scheme
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ALBANY — A former state DOT employee from Saratoga County was sentenced Tuesday to probation in a $17,000 theft scheme, federal prosecutors said.

Jerome Lauzon, 45, of Gansevoort, admitted earlier to misappropriating more than $17,000 from a federally funded program to his personal use, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

Lauzon served as the engineer in charge of a $10.5 million road construction project in Washington County from 2012 to 2017, prosecutors said. 

He admitted that employees of the project contractor purchased more than $17,000 in goods and services for Lauzon's personal use and that Lauzon used project funds to pay the contractor, prosecutors said. 

The items illegally purchased included more than $2,500 in repairs to Lauzon's personal car, a home entertainment surround-sound system, a laptop computer, a computer monitor, a printer, lumber for a treehouse, a paint sprayer, a lawnmower, a snowblower and a power washer, prosecutors said.

Lauzon previously paid restitution as part of a related case brought in state court, prosecutors said. Lauzon was originally arrested in June 2017.

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