July 02, 2018

Former corrections officer alleged to have used fake pay stubs in an effort to qualify for a mortgage


Former corrections officer alleged to have used fake pay stubs in an effort to qualify for a mortgage
Source: Office of the State Comptroller

A former New York state corrections officer and his wife were arrested Friday, June 29, 2018, for allegedly giving false pay stubs to “boost” their family income to qualify for mortgage loans from two banks as the result of an investigation by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, the New York State Police and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s Office of Special Investigations (DOCCS).

The couple are accused of providing doctored prior DOCCS pay stubs to mislead the two banks that the husband was still employed by DOCCS, although he had left the agency the year before. The scheme "unraveled" when the banks contacted DOCCS to verify the applicant's employment.

"This couple thought they could use a forged state pay stub to trick two banks into giving them a mortgage," said State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.  "Thanks to my ongoing partnerships with the Department of Corrections, Office of Special Investigations and the New York State Police, their scheme was quickly exposed and they now will be held accountable for their actions.  I thank District Attorney Soares for prosecuting this case."

“I am proud of those staff with our Department’s Office of Special Investigations (OSI), who worked both internally and hand in hand with the Comptroller’s investigators, to assist in this arrest and possible future prosecution of the wrongdoers,” said DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci. “I commend the men and women of OSI who once again showed that with their skills and partnerships with other state agencies, we will continue to hold those fully accountable for their improper actions.”

Since taking office in 2007, DiNapoli has committed to fighting public corruption and encourages the public to help fight fraud and abuse.  New Yorkers can report allegations of fraud involving 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, N.Y. 12236.

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