A Locke man who worked as a director at the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is having his pension recalculated by the state Comptroller's office.
Howard Dean, 66, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny in March 2011. Dean, who was the director of the food production center at Oneida Correctional Facility in Rome, admitted to submitting false time sheets, travel vouchers and asked for free food and donations from state vendors.
According to the comptroller's office, Dean's annual state retirement benefit has been cut by nearly $4,000 and the office is looking to recover $13,500 in pension payments made since he retired in 2008.
While as a director at the food production center, Dean was paid even though he skipped work on Fridays for 17 years. An investigation by the state Inspector General's office and comptroller's office also found that he submitted false travel vouchers and asked for free food and donations from state vendors, while steering $2.5 million in business to these vendors during his tenure. Dean defrauded the state of nearly $500,000, both offices said.
"This recalculation and the prosecution sends a key message to any abuser entrusted with public funds: we will find you, we will hold you accountable and we will make you pay," DiNapoli said in a statement. "My office will not tolerate abuses of the state pension system."
Dean is awaiting sentencing by Oneida County Judge Barry Donalty. His sentencing was scheduled for Tuesday, but the date was pushed back to May 10.