Highway superintendent arrested, accused of stealing

By Conor Mooney

Highway superintendent arrested, accused of stealing

October 1, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 1:38 AM EDT

Town of Erwin (WBNG Binghamton) Police arrested a highway superintendent accused of stealing more than $50,000 in goods and services.

According to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Office, Roger Burlew submitted fake vouchers for payment.

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli said Burlew looted the town garage to fix his tractor and support his mechanic business.

Burlew became highway supervisor in 1998 and had submitted at least 178 fake vouchers to the town of Erwin since 2007, according to Schneiderman's office.

Officials said in one case, Burlew submitted a voucher for forklift tires, but the highway department doesn't own a forklift.

“This prosecution gives notice to those who would blur the line between public and private property. I thank Attorney General Schneiderman and staff for their diligent anti-corruption efforts,” said DiNapoli.

Police charged Burlew with grand larceny in the second degree, a felony, and four counts of offering a false instrument for filing, also a felony.

Burlew was arraigned in the Town of Erwin Court and released on bail.

He could face five to 15 years in prison if convicted of the highest charge.