ALBANY, N.Y. - Three state employees from the Capital Region have been arrested for abusing credit cards they were issued for official business use only, the New York State Inspector General's office announced Wednesday.
New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben says these state employees, two from the State Department of Health and one from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, used their business credit cards for things such as paying their rent, for vacation, bar tabs and to buy a gift card.
Inspector General Biben said, "Many employees are entrusted with state-issued credit cards to assist with their job-related duties and responsibilities, and not their personal expenses. New Yorkers rightfully expect that government employees do their jobs with integrity, and my office will continue to vigorously root out those who violate that trust."
Arrested were: 42-year-old Marrion Arrington, of Albany, a secretary for the State Department of Health's Division of Epidemiology since 1993; 55-year-old Barbara Tyson, of Schenectady, a former secretary for the State Department of Health's Bureau of Pharmacy Policy and Operations since 1978; and 29-year-old Bridget Noradki, of Mechanicville, a former Developmental Aide for the State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities since 2006.
Arrington, according to the criminal complaint, used her state-issued credit card to pay for personal items including two payments to the Albany Housing Authority for rent and the rental of a car for more than two months; totaling $2,839.26. The Department of Health originally issued her the card so that she could purchase office supplies and book business travel arrangements for co-workers. She is currently on leave. Her annual salary is $43,780.
Arrington is charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a felony, and Official Misconduct, a misdemeanor.
Tyson, according to the criminal complaint, used her state- issued credit card to pay for a personal U-Haul storage unit and for three bar tabs at the Anna O'Keeffe's Pub in Albany. The Department of Health originally issued her the card so that she could purchase office supplies for the state offices in which she worked. She was accused of using her state-issued card for approximately $400 in personal purchases. She was terminated March 19, 2011 at a final annual salary of $44,762.
Tyson is charged with four counts of Petit Larceny and one count of Official Misconduct, misdemeanors.
Noradki, according to the criminal complaint, improperly used her state-issued credit card last April to purchase $42 in gas and a $100 gift card. She was previously issued the credit card so that she could purchase equipment and supplies for the Clifton Park Twilight House, an OPWDD residential facility where she was assigned. She was accused of using her state-issued card for more than $140 in personal purchases. She resigned this October with a final annual salary of $36,929.
Noradki is charged with Petit Larceny and Attempted Petit Larceny, misdemeanors.
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