Former Watervliet Police Chief turns himself in on embezzlement scheme

WATERVLIET, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Former Watervliet Police Chief Mark Fiet turned himself in to the Watervliet City Court on Thursday.

Fiet was charged with Grand Larceny Third Degree and Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree. The 64-year-old pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on his own recognizance.


The Albany County District Attorney’s Office confirmed the charges involve alleged theft by Fiet, who was a longtime trusted employee of Parker Bros. Funeral Home. In 2013, an independent forensic account audit for the funeral home uncovered fraudulent entries in the business record books between 2011 and 2013, according to the DA.


An investigation uncovered that Fiet, with the assistance of codefendant Samuel Catalano Jr., allegedly stole in excess of $3,000 from the proceeds of the funeral home and proceeded to make false entries in the business records during that time period.

Catalano, 58, was previously arraigned on one count of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, one count of Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree, and one count of Falsifying Business Records in the first Degree.

The case against Catalano remains open.


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