Former Prison Food Director May Get A Taste Of His Own Cuisine

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Now he’ll really know what the food tastes like.

The former director of the state prison system’s food operations pleaded guilty today in Oneida County Court for bilking taxpayers out of $500,000 by falsifying travel and attendance documents — and took every Friday off for 17 years, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said today.

As part of a plea deal, Howard Dean is expected to be sentenced to 6 months in jail and five years probation, DiNapoli said. Dean has also agreed to pay $50,000 restitution and an additional $50,000 restitution during the 5-year probationary period.

“There is never a good time to rip off the taxpayers,” DiNapoli said in a statement. “But taking every Friday off for 17 years – and getting paid for it – is particularly galling, especially at a time when so many New Yorkers are out of work. Mr. Dean didn’t show up for work, but he’ll have to show up for jail, and there are no Fridays off in prison. His sentence should send a message to any public official with sticky fingers: watch out – we will find you.”

More details on the case here.

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