A Wappingers Falls man was charged Tuesday with using a government credit card for his personal use, including a lengthy stay in the Adirondacks, according to the state Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
Luke Gaga, 29, who worked for the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, was arrested on charges he was paid unearned salary and used his government issued credit card for improper personal expenses including car rentals, food, and hotel stays totaling more than $4,000 in thefts, Scott said.
He was charged with grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, officials said.
“The charges allege that this defendant enjoyed an improper taxpayer-subsidized retreat in the Adirondacks,” said Scott. “His inappropriate and brazen use of taxpayer resources to subsidize his own personal rest and recreation was a brazen violation of the public trust. I will continue to use the resources of my offices to put a stop to any improper use of government resources.”
An investigation found that Gaga, a direct support assistant in Dutchess County, used his government issued credit card and other means between late September 2015 through mid-January 2016 to steal $4,069 in unearned salary and personal expenses for which he was not entitled to be reimbursed. The expenses included the extended stay in an Adirondack hotel while he was not working, restaurant meals while he was not working, and for unearned salary on days in which he did not report to work.
Gaga also submitted a falsified mileage report to be reimbursed for more than 2,200 vehicle miles on a rental car that was already paid for by the state.
Gaga was arraigned on the charges in Albany and released pending further court action.
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