Arrest made in $87,000 contractor theft

ALBANY, N.Y.—A Department of Health contractor was arrested on Friday for stealing more than $87,000.

George Dunkel was arrested stole more than $87,000 for padding bills to pay for hotels, education credits, and other expenses.

State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli announced he is rejecting a $133,860 extension of a related contract due to the criminal probe.

“Exploiting his position as head of the American Academy of Pediatrics in New York, Dunkel defrauded taxpayers and stole over $87,000 intended for children's health. This is an egregious abuse of public funds, and our latest joint effort with Comptroller DiNapoli to ensure that those who defraud taxpayers are held accountable,” said Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Dunker, 45, of Latham, was charged with grand larceny and several counts of offering a false instrument for filing. If convicted, the maximum penalty is up to 15 years in prison.

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