ONEIDA, N.Y. – Two former longtime mechanics at the New York State Police headquarters in Oneida have been charged after allegedly stealing nearly $30,000 worth of auto parts and supplies from the state over five years.
According to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapli’s office, 57-year-old Jeffrey Rapasadi and 64-year-old David Relyea, both of Canastota, committed the alleged crimes between April of 2015 and October of 2020. The two were civilian employees at the Troop D location, and both had worked for state police for at least 30 years.
Both men are accused of using the state police account to purchase auto parts and tools for their personal use. Then they allegedly falsified invoices to hide evidence of the thefts.
When state police searched their homes, they say more than $24,000 worth of supplies were recovered from Rapasadi’s home, and more than $4,800 worth of police property was found at Relyea’s home.
Relyea, who owns an auto repair business, allegedly used the parts he stole at his personal shop. Investigators say both Relyea and Rasapadi were named on invoices for parts that did not fit police vehicles, including parts for Mercedes-Benz, a make and model state police do not use.
“These men were entrusted to maintain and service essential New York State Police vehicles, but instead they allegedly used taxpayer money to fund their own their personal business and repairs,” DiNapoli said. “Thanks to our partnership with the New York State Police and the Madison County District Attorney’s Office, these individuals will now face justice.”
Rapasadi is facing 28 felony charges, including corrupting the government, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. Relyea is charged with eight felony and three misdemeanor charges, including corrupting the government, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property and official misconduct.
Rapasadi was also charged with falsifying his time and attendance records, which investigators say resulted in him receiving more than $7,000 in unearned leave time.
Both Rapasadi and Relyea retired during the investigation, and were not employed by state police when they were arrested.
The two were arraigned on Thursday and released on their own recognizance. They will return to court on June 18.