DEC employee charged with gas embezzlement

STAR LAKE – A state Department of Environmental Conservation maintenance employee from here was charged with stealing $1,000 in gasoline.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and St. Lawrence County District Attorney Mary E. Rain announced the charges in a press release Wednesday.

Cale Nolan, 33, of Star Lake, was charged with one count of grand larceny in the third degree, 20 counts of falsifying business records in the first degree and one count of official misconduct.

“New York state employees and officials are entrusted by the public to perform their job duties ethically,” Scott said. “Those who abuse the public’s trust will be investigated and prosecuted for their misconduct.”

Scott said Nolan’s actions were particularly egregious because he used several DEC credit cards up to 20 times at different gas stations. The credit cards are to be used for state-owned vehicles and equipment only.

The incidents are said to have occurred between April 2013 and January 2014 in St. Lawrence County.

Nolan appeared before a judge in Canton Justice Court and is scheduled to reappear in court on April 23.