Former head of Food Processing at Oneida Correctional Facility pleads not-guilty

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A man who investigators say cheated the state out of more than $50,000 over the course of 17 years while employed as director of the Food Processing Center of the Oneida Correctional Facility has pleaded not-guilty.

Howard G. Dean, 65, of Loucks was arraigned Friday in Utica City Court on a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Dean appeared with his attorney, Dennis Sedor, of Auburn, entered a plea of not-guilty and was released on his own recognizance.

The complaint alleges that Dean stole more than $50,000 in salary and benefits from New York State while he served as the director of the Food Processing Center, which is a part of the New York State Department of Corrections.

The complaint alleges that Dean stole the money through the filing of falsified time cards, travel and food vouchers over the course of the 17 years that he worked as director of the Food Processing Center, which is located in Rome.

The alleged fraud was uncovered during the course of a series of audits conducted by the New York State Comptroller’s Office. Upon the conclusion of the first audit and a lengthy investigation by the New York State Inspector General’s Office, the matter was turned over to the Oneida County District Attorney for review.

“The allegations of our investigation are that Dean submitted falsified time cards seeking payment for hours that he did not work,” District Attorney Scott McNamara said. “It is further alleged that Dean obtained food and travel benefits to which he was not entitled by means of falsified vouchers.”

McNamara went on to stress that the allegations were just that at the moment and that Dean is presumed innocent unless proven otherwise.

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