Moving Out So That Others Can Move Up ….
FORMER FIRE CHIEF GLENN KRAMER of the Hughsonville Fire Department, Wappingers Falls, New York has been charged with two felony counts of first-degree falsifying of business records following an investigation by the Dutchess County District Attorney's office.
Kramer, 37, resigned his position just before a disciplinary hearing in March by the Fire District Commissioners where the complaints were centered on his excessive use of the FD's credit card to buy gasoline for his personal vehicles. He is accused of doing that at least 100 times over a 3-year span. The record falsifying was performed when he used another fire officer's PIN for the credit card in order to conceal his unusually high usage.
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He also admitted to using the department's cell phone while on vacation in Jamaica to call back home, but he eventually repaid the $150 tolls after being questioned abou it by the commissioners.
The fire commissioners alleged they reviewed evidence, including Mobil gas station surveillance video, which showed Kramer pumping gasoline into his Dodge Neon on dates and times when Kramer allegedly used Assistant Chief Timothy Laffin’s PIN. Kramer’s fire chief vehicle was a white Chevrolet Tahoe.
The fire district alleged that from 2009 to 2011, a pattern emerged from the gasoline card records, where Kramer would use Laffin’s PIN to buy about 12 gallons of gasoline at one time, whereas, when he used the fire chief’s PIN, he’d buy around 20 gallons.
The district alleged Kramer’s Neon gasoline tank could only hold about 12 gallons.
The district alleged there were at least 108 instances where Kramer used his credit card with Laffin’s ID number for 2 ½ years. Kramer admitted he forgot his personal debit card and used the district’s gasoline card with the intention of paying back the debt.
Kramer said that there is no specific policy on credit card usage and he was only doing what several other members of the department have been doing "for years."
Dutchess County Senior Assistant District Attorney Andrea Long said Kramer was offered, but hasn’t accepted, a plea bargain of two misdemeanors — second-degree falsifying business records and petty larceny. He had been a member of the all-volunteer department for 15 years.
Kramer's problems lie beyond the Hughsonville FD. He is employed as a firefighter with the FDNY and is now under investigation for an undisclosed pension or workman's comp. fraud activity. His residence is also outside the approved area (too far away) where FDNY firefighters are required to live.
Hat tip: Mike M.
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