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Selected reports and information published by New York State's Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli during the week ending June 19, 2015



Selected reports and information published by New York State's Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli during the week ending June 19, 2015
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Son left father’s body in morgue in order to steal his father's pension and social security payments  

On June 14, 2015State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced the pending sentencing of a Queens man for concealing his father’s death so he could continue to unlawfully collect pension payments electronically deposited into a checking account in the name of his father. Christopher Bunn is expected to make restitution full on based upon his guilty plea in October to grand larceny in the third degree, a Class D felony, and petit larceny. Bunn has already served six months in federal prison related to his arrest.

Bunn’s father was a designated beneficiary collecting retirement benefits that were not transferable upon his death. State Comptroller DiNapoli said that “Mr. Bunn left his deceased father’s body unclaimed at the Nassau County morgue for more than a year so he could steal his pension and social security payments.”

The Comptroller thanked District Attorney Brown and the Social Security Inspector General for their partnership and continued commitment to protecting public funds.”

Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Ryan, Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration said that “It is illegal to conceal or fail to report deaths to continue receiving someone else’s Social Security benefits. I am gratified by the State Comptroller’s pursuit of justice in this case.”

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said that Christopher Bunn’s actions was “robbing the
New York pension system and the federal government of tens of thousands of dollars in unlawfully obtained benefits. My office will continue to pursue and prosecute individuals who abuse the system for their own benefit.”            

This is one of a series of investigations by DiNapoli’s office that have led to criminal convictions and recovery of unlawful retirement payments. In 2011, DiNapoli’s investigation of a double-dipping former
Rome police officer resulted in the recovery of almost $90,000. DiNapoli’s 2012 investigation of double-dipping at the Troy Housing Authority led to two guilty pleas and the recovery of almost $70,000 in unlawfully paid pension earnings. In 2015, DiNapoli’s work with the Attorney General’s Office resulted in a two- to six-year prison sentence of a Florida resident for defrauding the system of over $100,000 and pending indictments of two New Jersey residents for stealing over $100,000 in pension funds. Most recently, in May 2015, a retired Suffolk County police officer was convicted in Nassau County of defrauding the pension system of more than $465,000 and ordered to pay full restitution.  

Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and fraud and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse.  Allegations of fraud involving New York taxpayer money by calling the toll-free Fraud Hotline at 1-888-672-4555, by filing a complaint online at investigations@osc.state.ny.us  or by mailing a complaint to: Office of the State Comptroller, Division of Investigations, 14th Floor, 110 State St., Albany, NY 12236. 


A Ticking Clock for Job Benefits

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s “op-ed,” A Ticking Clock for Job Benefits, was published in The Albany Times Union on June 16, 2015. The Comptroller urges the state Legislature to act on his proposal to create an optional investment pool to help fund retire health insurance and other post employment benefits (OPEB).

The text of the Comptroller “op-ed” is posted on the Internet at:


New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits at the





Rockland County Department of Social Services


New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced his office completed audits at the following school districts:





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