A year-long investigation has resulted in multiple charges against a former town official in Wayne County for allegedly covering up his agency's failure to fix water leaks.
Rodney Peets, 59, was the water utilities superintendent for the town of Ontario. He is accused of failing to repair leaks in the town's water system and filing false reports to conceal the loss of water.
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Ontario's town supervisor notified his office and law enforcement of Peets' alleged actions. The comptroller's office, state police and Wayne County District Attorney's office investigated the claims and arrested Peets on Tuesday.
"Mr. Peets allegedly failed to correct the water system issue and falsified records to conceal his negligence," DiNapoli said in a statement. "Taxpayers have a right to expect accountability and transparency in government. I thank the state police and acting District Attorney (Christopher) Bokelman for their efforts to fight public corruption."
Peets has been charged with three counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, three counts of second-degree offering a false instrument for filing, three counts of first-degree tampering with a public record, three counts of second-degree tampering with a public record and official misconduct.
He was arraigned Wednesday in Wayne County Court. He is scheduled to return to court Thursday, Oct. 19.