ALBANY, N.Y. – A 35-year-old Niskayuna man has been arrested after allegedly using a state credit card to make unauthorized purchases for personal items.
New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott announced the arrest of Jason Alderson, a New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities information technology specialist who was charged with using a state credit card to make nearly $10,000 in unauthorized purchases for personal items.
Alderson allegedly used a state travel card to purchase thousands of dollars in pre-paid debit cards and other items. He is charged with felony Grand Larceny in the third-degree, and misdemeanor Official Misconduct.
"State employees who are given the authority to make
purchases with credit cards on behalf of the State of New York must do so with
a full understanding of their legal responsibilities. If they steal public
resources they will be fully investigated and held accountable," said Inspector
Authorities say Alderson admitted he made the unauthorized purchases and had not traveled for state related business in a few years. The investigation revealed that $9,731 in unauthorized charges were made in Schenectady County alone for personal items, such as pre-paid debit cards, groceries, gasoline, and meals.
Alderson was arraigned in Niskayuna Town Justice Court and is scheduled to return on December 4, 2013.
He has been employed at the OPWDD O.D. Heck facility in Niskayuna with an annual salary of $54,790. He was first employed by OPWDD in February 2008.