Rome school board member admits to falsifying records in Gaming Commission job

Photo courtesy of Timothy Safin on LinkedIn

A Rome City School Board member has resigned from his position after pleading guilty to falsifying business records in relation to his former position with the New York State Gaming Commission.

Posted: Apr. 17, 2018 3:33 PM
Updated: Apr. 17, 2018 4:09 PM

A member of the Rome City School District Board of Education has resigned from his position after pleading guilty to falsifying business records in relation to his former position with the New York State Gaming Commission, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Timothy Safin was elected to the Rome City School Board in 2015, and he served as board clerk and also chaired the board’s Personnel Committee. Safin also worked for the New York State Gaming Commission as a supervising gaming operations inspector for Turning Stone Casino in Verona and Yellow Brick Road Casino in Chittenango.

Schneiderman says that as part of Safin’s plea deal on Tuesday, he admitted that on at least 19 occasions between Nov. 2015 and March 2017 he submitted false time sheets to the Gaming Commission that claimed he was working when he was actually attending and participating in meetings and affairs with the Rome City School Board.

Schneiderman says his office compared Safin’s timesheets to the Rome school board meeting minutes, which are public record. Because of the false time sheets, Safin was paid $1,957.51 that he didn’t earn, according to Schneiderman.

Safin pleaded guilty Tuesday in Verona Town Court to one count of second-degree falsifying business records, and also resigned from his position with the Rome City School Board. Safin also paid the full $1,957.51 to the state Gaming Commission, and he was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge.

Safin resigned from his position with the Gaming Commission in February.

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