DEC worker charged with stealing gas
By Jay Braman Jr.
Acting New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott has announced the arrest of a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) supervisor on charges he used an agency credit card to gas up his personal pickup truck. The employee is also alleged to have falsified odometer mileage in the course of making the purchases.
Scott’s investigation allegedly found that John Doroski, 51, of Hobart, who is responsible for supervising maintenance employees at the DEC offices in Stamford, allegedly made use of two DEC credit cards, designated for fueling agency vehicles or paying gas and travel costs for DEC employees, for his own personal use.
“Stealing from the taxpayers is unconscionable,” said Scott. “And for a public employee to fill up his own tank at taxpayers’ expense while working New Yorkers are paying for their own gasoline is deplorable.”
In the course of the investigation, Doroski was allegedly caught on videotape six times using the cards to fill his own vehicle or gasoline storage cans.
He is accused of filing falsified mileage records of state vehicles while purchasing the fuel, claiming the fuel was used for a state vehicle for official state business.
He is charged with four felony counts for filing a false instrument when he input false odometer mileage while purchasing the fuel at computerized fuel pumps, four misdemeanor counts of petit larceny for stealing $435.09 in gasoline between August 2011 and September 2011, and four misdemeanor counts of official misconduct. Doroski faces up to four years in prison for each felony count.
Doroski is a field maintenance supervisor in the Stamford Office of DEC Region 4. He makes $47,324 annually. He is on administrative leave pending resolution of this matter.
On Tuesday, staffers at the Stamford Office would not comment on the matter.
Doroski was arraigned last week in Delhi Town Justice Court before the Hon. Richard L. Gumo. He is to return November 20 for further proceedings.
New York State Police assisted in the investigation.