FONDA - A Montgomery County roofing contractor who skipped out on his 2017 sentencing in his workers' compensation fraud case has been re-arrested and is now off to prison, the state Inspector General's office said.
Joseph Kellogg Sr., 51, previously of Amsterdam, had pleaded guilty in April 2017 to failure to secure compensation and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies.
He was then out on bail and to be sentenced that October. However, he failed to show up for sentencing, officials said. Amsterdam police tracked him down last month in Greenfield and he has since been formally sent off to serve 16 months to four years in state prison, officials said Friday.
Kellogg worked as a residential roofing contractor in Amsterdam in 2015 when he filed four separate building permit applications. Each application included fraudulent certifications stating that he had no employees and as such, was exempt from obtaining workers' compensation insurance, officials said.
An investigation by the Inspector General's Office, however, found that Kellogg actually used several employees on his roofing job contracts related to the 2015 applications and employed 11 people at one point on two simultaneous projects, officials said.
He was also charged with felony false filings when it was determined he earned income through his contracting business, Joe's Roofing, but failed to disclose that income on an application for food stamp benefits, officials said.
Kellogg previously pleaded guilty in 2013 to second-degree offering a false instrument for filing for a similar fraudulent workers' compensation certification, officials said.
"I am very happy that Mr. Kellogg has finally been sentenced," Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski said in a statement. "It is unfortunate that certain individuals perpetrate fraud repeatedly thinking that they are somehow entitled to taxpayers' money. Thanks to the efforts of members of the Inspector General's Office, the Amsterdam Police Department and the New York State Police, the defendant Joseph Kellogg will be unable to continue taking that which he is not entitled to."