OGS employee charged with stealing state-owned gas

ALBANY, N.Y. – Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott says a maintenance employee of Office of General Services has been arrested on charges he allegedly stole gasoline from state-owned gas pumps for his
personal use.

Scott says 55-year-old Bruce Chapple of Wynantskill is charged with four
counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing, four counts
of Petit Larceny and one count of Official Misconduct.

Scott's investigation obtained evidence of the theft,
including video surveillance footage of Chapple filling portable gasoline cans
at state-owned fuel pumps on the W. Averill Harriman State Office Complex on at
least four occasions after using New York State gas credit cards to activate
the pumps. He was also observed allegedly placing the gas cans in his
personal vehicle. 

Chapple, a Building Services Assistant for OGS, earns
$32,000 a year.  He has been employed by New York State since 2000.


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