Former DOT worker pleads guilty to fraudulently claiming $3,400 in travel pay

A New York State Department of Transportation worker from Whitesboro pleaded guilty Wednesday, after he was accused of making fake receipts to get thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements from the state.

Posted: Aug 12, 2020 1:41 PM
Updated: Aug 12, 2020 2:21 PM

A former New York State Department of Transportation worker from Whitesboro pleaded guilty Wednesday, after he was accused of making fake receipts to get thousands of dollars in travel reimbursements from the state.

Kenneth Leisenring, 54, of Whitesboro, pleaded guilty to attempting to defraud the government, after he received more than $3,400 when he overreported his travel expenses.

According to the New York State Inspector General's Office, Leisenring was an assistant engineer for DOT, who was working on construction projects in Fulton County in April of 2019.

Leisenring rented a space at the Sunset Bay Vacation Resort RV Park & Marina on Sacandaga Lake during that time. He paid $3,800 on a credit card for the time he spent there, but submitted six additional receipts for stays in June, July and August, that were fraudulent.

Leisenring admitted to using his work computer to forge the six receipts from the RV park, totaling $3,445.

When the inspector general’s office investigated, the owner of the RV park said it seemed the receipts were “cut and pasted from our old website.”

Leisenring paid full restitution as a condition of his plea. He retired in May.

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