TROY, N.Y. – Two former Troy Housing Authority employees accused of defrauding the New York State Retirement System have entered guilty pleas.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today that William Meissner and Roger Rosenthal, pled guilty on Monday
Rosenthal retired from the Troy Housing Authority in 2005 and began collecting a full pension with the NYSRS, then went back to working as a supposed ‘consultant' with the Authority, collecting more than $200,000 in a three-year period in addition to the pension.
When the validity of Rosenthal's ‘consulting' arrangement with the Housing Authority was questioned, Rosenthal and Meissner submitted a falsified, backdated contract in an effort to cover the illegal retirement payments.
As part of Monday's plea agreement, Meissner and Rosenthal have paid New York State Retirement System $63,517.41 in restitution.
"These men abused the public trust, defrauded the New York State Retirement System, and harmed both taxpayers and retirees," said Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. "I applaud Comptroller DiNapoli for referring this case to our office and for his continuing work in our partnership to ensure that those who defraud taxpayers are held accountable."
"This case is about pure greed and Mr. Rosenthal scamming the retirement system by unlawfully double-dipping to collect $63,517," State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said. "He and his accomplice, Mr. Meissner, were thwarted by the swift actions of my office in partnership with the HUD Inspector General and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. As a result of our joint efforts, we exposed the crime and have recovered the money stolen from the retirement system."
Rosenthal and Meissner entered guilty pleas to Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, a misdemeanor, with intent to defraud the New York State Retirement System.
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