Locke Man Who Defrauded Taxpayers Out of $500 Thousand Dollars Avoids Prison Time
A Town of Locke man who defrauded the state out of half a million dollars when he served as the head of State Prison system's food operations program will not serve any prison time.
67 year old Howard Dean was arrested in 2010 on charges conspiracy, falsifying business records, defrauding the government, larceny and official misconduct. Dean admitted defrauding the state out of $100,000 by skipping work shifts and collecting pay for the time off.
Dean who worked for the state for 17 years, submitted bogus food, travel, and accommodation expenses to the State for reimbursement. Dean’s supervisors allowed him to collect the funds as additional compensation for his low paying high stress position running the prison system food service program.
Dean pleaded guilty last March to second-degree grand larceny; the plea deal included $100 thousand dollars in restitution. Dean has repaid $60,000 of that.
Dean was sentenced Wednesday in Oneida County Court to six months under house arrest and five years of probation after prosecutors agreed he has serious medical conditions.