Rome City Board of Education member Timothy Safin resigned from the board Tuesday as part of his guilty plea to charges that he defrauded his employer, the New York State Gaming Commission, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in a news release.
While working as the supervising gaming operations inspector at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona and Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango, Safin submitted false timesheets at least 19 times between November 2015 and March 2017 to the Gaming Commission representing that he was working in his capacity as a gaming supervisor when he actually was attending and participating in Rome City school board meetings and affairs, according to his signed plea agreement and statements made in court.
As a result he was paid $1,957.51 he didn’t earn, according to the attorney general’s office.
“Public servants who abuse their power for monetary gain undermine the public’s confidence in government,” Schneiderman said in a release. “No one is above the law and my office will continue to ensure that those who betray public trust are held accountable.”
The Attorney General’s Office had reviewed Safin’s timesheets and compared them to school board meeting minutes, revealing the discrepancies, according to the release.
Safin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Verona Town Court to one count of second-degree falsifying business records. He agreed to pay full restitution to the gaming commission. He had resigned from his job in a separate proceeding Feb. 1. He also was sentenced by Judge Nelson Dodge to one-year conditional discharge.