Police: Saratoga Co. corrections officer stole thousands from union while serving as president

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A Saratoga County corrections officer and former president of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officers Association has been arrested after officials say he stole more than $15,000 from the union he was tasked with leading.

Dezmond Slade, 35, of Saratoga Springs, has been charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of a forged instrument, and falsifying business records.

Slade works as a corrections officer at the Saratoga County Correctional Facility and served as president of the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officers Association (SCSOA) from May of 2015 through December of 2018. The SCSOA represents Corrections Officers, Jail Cooks, Communications Officers and Civil Employees.

After a months-long investigation, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Officer found that Slade allegedly used the SCSOA credit card to get cash and pay for more than $4,500 in personal expenses and withdrew more than $11,000 in cash from SCSOA accounts. Officials say Slade also forged a business document in an attempt to cover up the theft.

Slade has been suspended without pay from his position at the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office says it is still investigating other questionable financial transactions.

Slade was arraigned in Milton Town Court and released. He is scheduled to answer the charges in Milton Town Court at a later date.

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